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It's with great sadness that we are reporting the death of Patrick Swayze.
The actor succumbed to pancreatic cancer Monday in Los Angeles. He was 57.
"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," his rep told People.com in a statement.
Patrick was diagnosed in 2008 and was given a grim diagnosis, but the actor, most well-known for his roles in blockbusters like The Outsiders, Dirty Dancing, and Ghost, fought hard. He even continued to work through chemotherapy, starring in A&E's series The Beast.
In July 2008 Patrick was photographed looking strong and healthy at Los Angeles International Airport. "I'm a miracle dude ... I don't know why," he told a crowd of photographers and fans there.
"One thing I'm not gonna do is chase staying alive," the actor said in an interview with Barbara Walters in January. "You spend so much time chasing staying alive, you won't live."
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi, his family, friends, and legions of fans whose hearts he captured so many years ago.
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