Friends & Colleagues Remember Patrick Swayze

While we mourn the loss of Patrick Swayze, his friends and colleagues are expressing their love for the actor, who passed away Monday after battling pancreatic cancer.

"Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives," Demi Moore, Patrick's Ghost costar, Twittered. "And in the words of Sam to Molly. 'It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.' I love and will miss you Patrick."

Whoopi Goldberg, who also starred in Ghost, has said that she owes much of her career to the actor, who insisted she be hired to play Oda Mae Brown in the film – a role for which she won an Oscar.  "Patrick was a really good man," The View cohost said, "A funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can't ever repay. I believe in Ghost's message, so he'll always be near."

"When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see," said Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey, "Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace," she said. "My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family."

Patrick's breakout role came in 1983's The Outsiders, when he costarred along a bunch of other hot young actors, most who also went on to have big careers.

"Patrick lived a hundred lifetimes in one," Rob Lowe told People.com. "I will remember him for that, and I will remember him for how much he loved his wife Lisa. He was such an intense actor, so full of passion and vigor. He definitely made the most out of it. It's a sad day."

And C. Thomas Howell aka Pony Boy in The Outsiders expressed how his relationship with Swayze went beyond the big screen. "I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick,"  said. "While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day. Not only did we lose a fine actor today, I lost my older Outsiders brother. My heart goes out to not only his entire family, but all his fans as well."

"Patrick fought the ultimate fight as passionate as he embraced his life—with strength, dignity and grace," Outsiders costar Ralph Macchio added. "His love of his work and family was inspirational. He touched so many...I am proud to have shared in his journey...Remembering my fellow greaser. Stay Gold, buddy."

 

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