Patrick Swayze left at 57

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Dirty Dancing star, Patrick Swayze, died from his illness last Monday, September 14, 2009, at the age of 57. The actor was diagnosed to have been suffering advanced stage four pancreatic cancer in January 2008. Nevertheless, despite the diagnosis, he continued to work still, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting "The Beast" where he made the pilot episode. Swayze chose not to use painkillers in the shoot of this A&E drama series. The actor said that it would have taken the edge of his performance. Maybe this decision led the show to have a phenomenal number of viewers raging to 1.3 million viewers for the 13 episodes that ran during the year, but then, A&E decided reluctantly not to continue the show for the next season.
Swayze, in his interview with Barbara Walters says that five years is a wishful thinking. He also said that he wanted to last until people find a cure for his illness, like getting a fire under it. When his illness went public, many had reacted to his situation. Some says he only got weeks to live, but according to his doctor, his condition was considerably more optimistic than that. The actor appeared in a live television event "Stand Up to Cancer" September last year where he touched many hearts when he stated, "I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer, but in the light. ... I dream that the word 'cure' will no longer be followed by the words 'is impossible." He also wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post entitled "I'm Battling Cancer. How About Some Help, Congress?", wherein he pursued to the senators and representatives the maximum funding for the National Institutes of Health for fighting cancer and to make it a part of the economic stimulus package. Clearly, the actor fought up in all the ways he can to overcome this illness. Then maybe, you just cannot tell what would really happen next. Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months. Condolences poured out from the fans and co-celebrities who were greatly inspired by his struggle in fighting out his illness.

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