Patrick Swayze Dead At 57

Sad news out of Hollywood.  Patrick-Swayze-Johnny-Castle-patrick-swayze-3108859-400-500

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Swayze has died after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Swayze’s publicist Annett Wolf says the 57-year-old “Dirty Dancing” actor died Monday with family at his side. He came forward about his illness last spring, but continued working as he underwent treatments.

It was 1987 when Swayze became a star with his performance in “Dirty Dancing,” a coming-of-age story set in a Catskills resort. The 1990 film “Ghost” cemented his status as a screen favorite.

The Dirty Dancing soundtrack was my anthem during the summer of ’87.  I had the cassette (dating myself, I know) and literally wore it out.  I’ll always think of him as Johnny Castle uttering the oft repeated sentence “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”

R.I.P. Patrick.