''Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,'' said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.
Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer.
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.
Swayze said he opted not to use painkilling drugs while making ''The Beast'' because they would have taken the edge off his performance. He acknowledged that time might be running out given the grim nature of the disease."-Via NYTIMES