Remembering Swayze

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Today we remember a legend, Patrick Swayze, and see the end of an era. After a battle with pancreatic cancer than began in March 2008, the disease claimed the celebrated actor’s life on September 14, 2009.

“Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” said his publicist, Annett Wolf, in a statement released on Monday night.

Swayze won hearts all over the world with his most notable role in 1987’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ as the misunderstood bad boy, Johnny. Who could ever forget the moves, the mystery, and of course: “No one puts baby in the corner.” As the son of a choreographer who had his talented beginnings in musical theatre, it seemed only natural that Swayze would find his spotlight on the dance floor.

‘Road House’ and ‘Ghost’ were equally moving films, and Swayze’s charisma carried him through his roles with millions of eyes captivated on his performances.

A three-time Golden Globe nominee, Swayze spent the several years before his diagnosis where we loved him best – on stage. The iconic heart-throb found himself on Broadway in 2003 in Chicago, and then in London for Guys and Dolls in 2006. After his diagnosis, Swayze wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post in February 2009 in which he urged key players in Congress to give a maximum amount of funding to the National Institutes of Health as a piece of the economic stimulus package.

Take some time out of your busy days to remember Swayze, in all of his talent, strength and allure. Then find out more about pancreatic cancer and how you can help here.

-Cora Nijhawan


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