Patrick Swayze was a legendary entertainer. As an actor, Patrick Swayze enthralled us with movies such as “Ghost,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Point Break,” and more. In addition to being a great actor, Patrick Swayze was also a talented vocal artist, singing songs such as “She’s Like the Wind” for the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack.
But did you know that Patrick Swayze was also trained in classical ballet? Patrick Swayze’s mom was a dance instructor and choreographer, so she made sure her son knew how to dance.
As if being an amazing actor, singer, and dancer weren’t enough, the late great Patrick Swayze was also great at ice skating and other sports, including football and martial arts. In short, Patrick Swayze was just a super talented guy.
Patrick Swayze and “Ghost” Movie Success
Although it was dubbed as one of the best horror movies of all time, the “Ghost” movie was more of a love story than a horror flick, so it should be on a list of films that are love stories. Also, the “Ghost” movie had a lot of perfectly timed comedy thanks to the legendary Whoopi Goldberg.
When Did Patrick Swayze Die?
Patrick Swayze died on September 14, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. He was 57 years old.
How Did Patrick Swayze Die?
In 2007, Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.
Although he was a heavy smoker for years, Patrick Swayze’s pancreatic cancer was not necessarily caused by his smoking, although it could have been. Smoking is considered to be the most common cause of pancreatic cancer.
What Causes Pancreatic Cancer?
Here are the most common causes of pancreatic cancer.
- Long-standing diabetes
- Heavy alcohol usage
- Severe pancreatitis
- Prior surgeries such as cholecystectomy or gastrectomy
- Poor diet, particularly one high in saturated fat and low in fruits in vegetables
Patrick Swayze’s Wife, Lisa Niemi
Lisa Niemi is an accomplished dancer in her own right. In 1974, Niemi graduated from the Houston Ballet Dance Company. Patrick Swayze and his wife met when she was only 14 years old. When she was just 19, she and Swayze were married.
In the video below, you can see these two soulmates dancing together at the World Music Awards in 1994. The song they are dancing to is “All the Man That I Need” by Whitney Houston.
R.l.P., Mr. Swayze. Thank you for all of the joy you’ve given us.