September 14th, 2009
09:42 PM ET
Stars remember Swayze
Patrick Swayze has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. His friends in the entertainment industry are speaking out about their friend and sharing their thoughts about his life.
"Patrick was a really good man, 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."- Whoopi Goldberg
"I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick. 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." – C. Thomas Howell
“Patrick Swayze was a talented and passionate artist who struck a memorable chord with audiences throughout the world. He played a wide range of characters both on stage and in movies and his celebrated performances made the hard work of acting look effortless – which I know from experience is not easy. As a fan and as an actor, I admired Patrick and I know that he will be dearly missed. On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I send our deepest condolences to Patrick’s family, friends and fans.”- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
"We are saddened by the loss of one of our generation's greatest talents and a member of the A&E family. Patrick's work on 'The Beast' was an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Lisa and his entire family during this difficult time."- A&E
“Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace. Gorgeous and strong, he was a real cowboy with a tender heart. He was fearless and insisted on always doing his own stunts, so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified. 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. My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family.”- Jennifer Grey
"Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives. In the words of Sam to Molly. "It's amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you."I will miss you."- Demi Moore
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I am so saddened by the passing of Patrick.... years ago on a plane I was handed a script for a little movie that needed a lead dancer... I had no idea what it was for and when my mother saw the name... "Dirty Dancing" she immediately threw it away........ I can only dream that one day I could have danced with Patrick.... til then the angels are dancing with hearts of love.
prayers and love to his family.....
In addition to his early movies, catch him in an episode of M*A*S*H* from the early 80's where he plays a soldier diagnosed with leukemia. He was great! You'll be missed Patrick!
After Dirty Dancing, Road House and Point Break I had kind of written Patrick Swayze off as just another cliche action figure/heartthrob. Don't get me wrong, these were all movies I enjoyed, but didn't think that he would ever do anything other than action movies where he gets to look hot. But seriously when he took on the role of a drag queen in To Wong Foo... I went "Holy crap! He's got a range!" Sounds weird, but he earned my undying respect as an actor for going against type and taking on a totally unique film role.
I remember watching Dirty Dancing for the first time and was hooked automatically... Me and my sisters watched it so much that we had the dances memorized... The entertainment world has lost one of its greatest ... We love you Patrick... R.I.P... until God calls you home....
My heart goes out to his soul mate Lisa and his entire family. Patrick Swayze will be missed dearly by fans everywhere.
Heaven just got the best!! R.I.P. you will never be forgotten.
The world lost one of its finest, as they don't come any better than Patrick. What a beautiful human being he was. RIP dear one, you will be missed.
My heart goes out to his devoted wife and family. May the Lord comfort them in a way that only he can. I am a huge fan of not only his movies but his character as human. He will truly be missed.
My heart and prayers go out to Patrick's family for the loss of this amazing man. He was one of the few actors that you never heard anything bad about, he was a wonderful actor and a beautiful human being, thank you to his wife Lisa for sharing this great person with the world.
There are no words for how devastated I am. I will be breaking out my copy of Dirty Dancing tonight for an evening of rememberance. Patrick, you truly were an inspiration in your roles as well as in your life! My prayers are with you and your family
When I saw Patrick on "The Outsiders" I knew he would make it big. I had never seen a more convincing, more talented actor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as they struggle through this most difficult time. May they have some comfort knowing that he brought joy to so many during his time on this earth.
To Mr. Swayze's family:
Thank you for sharing this wonderful human being with us. I was able to meet him at a charity function and hear him sing. It will always be one of my most treasured memories.
I mourn with you today and say a prayer for you as you grieve.
I feel an immense sadness at Patrick's passing. He was a large part of my teenage years and I loved all of his movies. He will be sorely missed.
I admired his work, he was a great actor. I know that he is now one of God's angels watching over us. I pray for his loving and devoted wife Lisa and also him family. May God Bless you and hold you during this difficult time.
I HAVE BEEN A FAN FOR MANY YEARS. PATRICK WAS A GREAT ACTOR.MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY IN THIS SAD TIME IN THERE LIFE. MAY YOU ALL STAY STRONG & ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GOOD!