R.I.P. Patrick Swayze

Much loved American actor Patrick Swayze died yesterday at the age of 57.

Swayze had been fighting pancreatic cancer since being diagnosed with the disease in March 2008 and said in an interview nine months ago he hoped to make it to the end of 2010. Sadly that desire was cut short.

The star passed away peacefully with family at his side according to his publicist’s statement.

First coming to notice in the multi-star spawning ensemble drama “The Outsiders”, Swayze had a steady resume of work in mainstream action films including hockey drama “Youngblood,” cult John Milius actioneer “Red Dawn”, the Gene Hackman Vietnam war drama “Uncommon Valor”, and the ‘Mad Max’-esque sci-fi feature “Steel Dawn”.

He broke out however in the late 80’s and early 90’s with three hugely successful international blockbusters – the coming-of-age romancer “Dirty Dancing,” the Oscar-winning “Ghost,” and the Keanu Reeves action thriller “Point Break”. The same period also saw him star in the cult action film “Road House”.

Sadly he never reached the same level of success again, starring in various unsuccessful features such as drag comedy “To Wong Foo,” the inspirational drama “City of Joy,” fantasy drama “Three Wishes” and the war drama “Green Dragon”.

Nevertheless inspire of his diagnosis he went out working with an acclaimed performance in the cable series “The Beast”.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans.