September 14th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/14/09

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This just into CNN: Actor Patrick Swayze has died at the age of 57 after battling pancreatic cancer. Tonight we look back at his Hollywood career.  Anderson will also talk with Barbara Walters, who was the first to interview him after his diagnosis. And, we'll dig deeper on the disease that killed him,  one of the deadliest there is.

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  1. Jackie Cole

    My favorite was Ghost. I still cry when I see that movie. He had a real life, not a Hollywood one.

    September 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Amazing blog tonight!

    Thank you Anderson, Erica & Team 360 for balanced stories tonight and good night.

    Good night to fellow bloogers, a wide perspecti ve out there tonight.

    I will miss Patrick Swayze (and already miss Chris Fraley)... we are losing too many people lately.

    September 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Steph

    We've lost an amazing actor that I adored. I will keep his family in my prayers.......

    September 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Crista

    R.I.P. Patrick Swayze

    September 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Sherry

    City of Joy! Yes!

    Worse than pain, cancer is isolation . Swayze was fortunate to be surrounded by his loving family through all of this.

    September 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Corey

    I am at a total lost of words over the so-called grass roots movement by less than 1% of Americans against the President. There is no doubt in my mind that this movement is racially motivated. I feel no different that the majority of other African Decendants in this country. There has been a great push by some to sweep the very racist past of america under the rug. It is all to easy to hide racially motivated ideal behind politics. Healthcare! When did health care become such a heated topic that would make someone want to wish death on a person? When did it become okay to disrespect a President in the House? Black people are not at all decieved by these tactics. If you did a pole and ask how many black stil think that racism is a very big problem in this country I bet you that more than 70% will say yes. There is a Undercurrent of hate growing in this country, people are starting to polarize and it may very well be the fall of a country that has a History of Disregard for other unlike themselve. From the Native Americans, Japanese, Hispanic, to Ariabic world no one like america, Most Americans don't like America.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Dodie - California

    Good Night! have an enjoyable and restful night!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Catriona, Atlanta

    The organizer of the Tea Party Express says that Obama is an Indonesian, Racist in Chief Thug & that there is nothing wrong with the sign "Bury Obamacare with Kennedy." He said he only saw 5 objectional signs on his journey across America. I've never heard a more clinically delusional man in my life. I'm afraid of more than a logjam. I'm afraid of Helter Skelter.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Good night Anderson… take care, OK?
    Good night David (Indiana) and friends!
    A great week for us all! See you tomorrow!

    RIP Patrick Swayze!!
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Renee

    Another Monday closes. Good Night to Everyone in the US and around the globe.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good night everyone! Sweet dreams too!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Crista

    Anderson glad your back home safe! You gave Mark William to much air time to spill his hatred tonight> like to hear more from David on this subject (the voice of reason)!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. Roger

    The cancer and other diseases must be a priority for all the governments of the world, as many other world problems for all of us, we must remember we live in a small piece of rock in the space.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Great Shot!
    We will be missed Patrick Swayze!!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. sue, montreal

    Hey Jon...you tell your kids...
    this is what happens when you invade a country & have no clear idea on how to pay for it....
    These protesters are 8 years too late-where were you when the damage was being done?

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Eric

    Mark Williams is laughable. Even he could not spout his venom with a straight face, yet this is the racist vitriol that runs throughout recent protests and is being fanned by spokespeople like him.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    That SNL clip was hilarious.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    That was a classic!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Great show today!

    Goodnight, everyone.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night everyone!!!

    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!!
    Have a plenty sleep! 😀
    Day of the shot was my favorite "Dirty Dancing" really good shot!!!!!!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. steve

    Gergen is so calm in a verbal storm. Too bad we cannnot have more CIVIL discourse vs the unbelievable hatred from Mark Williams. He sees no connection to what ANderson you said is on his blog and that hatred out of his mouth. We are in trouble if that is what passes for the rights views. Incredible. Gergan... now there is someone special and cant get enoough of.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. nicole l

    Anderson.....when will u ever make fun of yourself and dance for the world??

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Bryan

    Thanks for the discussion about the anti-Obama hysteria. But I do not agree with equating this fringe element on the right with the anti-war protesters on the left. Bush was indeed called a lot of names after he started a war based on exaggeration and false pretenses. Whereas Obama is being called Hitler, communist, etc., becuase he is proposing government involvement in health care.

    And how can conservatives keep calling Obama a racist with no evidence, but no one can dare suggest that racism is part of the motivation for the right wing protesters?

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    good night all, be safe – I am glad we have the footage to remember Patrick by. I remember that SNL – too funny!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |

    that youtube clip to funny....

    good night !!!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  26. Dodie - California

    I am the only survivor of my family... everyone died of cancer. I had stage 3 breast cancer myself. I hope they find a cure soon

    September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Tammy, Houma, LA

    Thanks for the great coverage of Patrick Swayze. Anderson, great to have you back in the States. Good night all.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  28. Jennifer - Michigan

    Goodnight – sleep well.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  29. jim

    I have always been an independent voter but, the republicans are about to make me a "Staunch Democrat"" I dont understand the non-cooperation on issues that affect all of us. I guess politics are more important than we, the people are.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  30. Emily, Canada

    @Madeline in Singapore ...what time is it there?

    great to see people from all over the world! 😉

    September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  31. marina

    I would just like to say that my father who died 19 years ago was and the doctors could not figure his illness. He died misdiagnosed exactly a year later since he first had pain. The autopsy relieve that he had a cancerous tumor. My father did not drink nor did he smoke and he eat well with good nutritious food, when I also read about the possibility of stress and that is exactly what he had. Stress can kill you.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  32. Sandy

    I loved Patrick Swayze in the North and South miniseries and watch it about twice a year because of him. People should really rent this "hidden gem" again. It is what made me like him as an actor.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  33. Dodie - California

    Very sad about Patrick Swayze!! He was not only a good actor, he was also a good man from what I hear.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  34. Saera El Paso, TX

    what a night

    good night everyone

    September 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  35. Bret

    A very sad loss of Patrick Swayze.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  36. Cynthia, NC

    Kanye West........you have absolutely No class!

    And I agree with Anderson. I was only able to watch about 30 minutes of the VMAs. I couldn't tolerate it for two hours.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Someone challenged her safety beliefs.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  38. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    The act of apologizing when hurt someone with words or gestures is not always easy.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  39. Kathy Chicago

    AC, I'm glad to see you back safe and sounding healthier. I loved the reporting last week. Have a great night!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  40. Patrice Palmer

    I'd like to extend my condolences to Patrice Swayze's wife, Lisa, and the rest of his family. He was such a wonderful dancer and actor who will be greatly missed. RIP Patrick Swayze.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Last night, I was so shocked Dwayne West took mic keep away from Taylor Swift VMA Award, He was so rude to her, I am so disappointed with him! Look like interupt her speech.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  42. Tasha, Ont

    I can't believe what Kanye did to Taylor. First of all he should mind his own business, he stole that poor girls thunder on the biggest night of her life. He had no right!!! So rude and no amount of apologizing from will ever make it up to her.

    But good on Beyonce, such class and she is a true role model, for everyone!!

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  43. Shelly

    My deepest condolences to the Swayze family, but there has also been another passing that seems to have gone unnoticed. The great writer/musician Jim Carroll died this past Friday.

    He revealed his incredible life thru his amazing body of work, which included The Basketball Diaries. He wrote with exquisite honesty, beauty, & purity. My condolences to his family & friends.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  44. Jane - Vt

    Beyonce = Class. Kanye, not so much.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  45. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    Thanks for showing the Kanye moment... I missed it all day... but it's as bad as I expected. Poor girl.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I heard Kanye West deleted the apology from his blog earlier today.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  47. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Kanye needs to be permanently banned from all awards shows. Why do they keep inviting him back?

    September 14, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  48. LisaL - Canada

    poor taylor swift – she IS so sweet – and she has some really good music.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  49. Tyrone

    Oh...Kanye West is your close "homey" right? Great man all around.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
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