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Actor Patrick Swayze Dead at Age 57

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Patrick Swayze, a three-time Golden Globe nominee and the star of such mega-hit films as Ghost and Dirty Dancing, has died today. He was 57.

After a long and publicized bout with pancreatic cancer, the actor's publicist, Annett Wolf, released a statement saying: "Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months."

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Swayze had been suffering from an extremely deadly form of cancer since at least March 2008, when he disclosed his illness to the public.

Says the L.A. Times: "He had kept working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting The Beast, an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot. It drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran in 2009, but A&E said it had reluctantly decided not to renew it for a second season."

According to reports, Swayze chose not to use painkillers while shooting The Beast, claiming they wouldn't allow him to deliver the best performance.

Initially, doctors gave Swayze only a few weeks to live. He outlived that prognosis but understood his limited time: "I'd say five years is pretty wishful thinking," Swayze told ABC's Barbara Walters in early 2009. "Two years seems likely if you're going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I'd better get a fire under it."