Best of 2009

Tributes: The Stars We Lost This Year

From Patrick Swayze to Natasha Richardson, we say goodbye to the smiles and voices who left their mark onscreen and off

PATRICK SWAYZE

After courageously battling pancreatic cancer, the dancer, actor and devoted husband of 34 years died Sept. 14 at age 57. "Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can't ever repay," said Whoopi Goldberg, who starred with Swayze in his most memorable film, Ghost, a role she says he lobbied for her to win. "I believe in Ghost's message, so he'll always be near."