September 14th, 2009
10:44 PM ET

Patrick Swayze dies after cancer battle

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David Doss
AC360° Senior Executive Producer

Patrick Swayze died a few hours ago.

We at 360 are all sad to hear he lost his brave fight with pancreatic cancer. Safe to say so many people around the world were hoping and praying for him and his family. His story is remarkable—and it feels like we were all there fighting with him, in large part because of the memorable interview our friend Barbara Walters of ABC News did with him after his diagnosis. Anderson just spoke with Barbara for tonight’s broadcast—and once again…Barbara provides such a meaningful perspective.

David Doss

Senior EP, 360

Excerpts from Anderson's conversation with Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters:

“I’m heartsick, mostly for his wife Lisa. This was one of the most enduring marriages, 34 years.”

“When we did the interview, he was riding his horses, he was walking, he looked very thin, as you can see from the interview, but he was still going and he was still fighting and he still hoped that he would somehow be the one who would beat it.”

“She [Lisa] took care of him everyday during that illness. She was his nurse, she was his guardian, she was his chef, she was his wife.”

“He said he used to talk to his father everyday who had died and his father was waiting for him. He talked about that, his father was one of the angels, I guess, who was waiting for him.”

“It’s amazing that people remembered him as much as they did because they were two classic, classic films.”

“It’s a sad night and he was a very lovable, dear, accomplished person and he did as much as anybody could. He fought a very brave fight. I’m sorry we had to lose him.”

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Dwana Hooper

    I'm sick he is gone. I felt like I knew him. I'm 34 and have watch him on screen sine I was a kid. He was the John Wayne of our generation. Tough but kind and caring. A great actor. A great man. My heart goes out to his wife of 34 years.

    September 14, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  2. Will

    He was such an amazing actor. I will always remember his stunning performances! My thoughts are with you Mr. Swazye and your family.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Jamie Arnott

    Very sad to see him pass, great battle he had, did not know how much of a impact he had on my life until now. love u man

    September 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Ashley M.

    I can remember being a little girl watching Ghost and crying or watching Dirty Dancing a million times trying to teach myself how to dance like they did. He was an amazing actor and person. I will never forget him and I will pray for his family. I know he is in a better place.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Netasha

    I send my condolences to his family. I became a fan of Patrick's when I first saw the miniseries "North and South". and have all of his films. He will be missed.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  6. jessica

    me an my family were huge fans of patrick im 20 years old an ever since i was lil i was in love him im very sad to hear this an i give his family in my prays an so will my family

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Stacie Joyner

    I was very sad 2 hear of his passing. He was an incredible actor and human being. My heart goes out to his family and hope they find solace that he fought until the end.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Nanci

    Cancer puts everything into perspective as I have learned first hand.
    I was always a fan of Patrick Swayze and loved him in Dirty Dancing and Road House and of course Ghost, and he will be remembered for his tenacity and strength.
    My thoughts are with his family and friends now and I hope he has finally met his angels.
    RIP PS.......

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Dennis Chiamulera

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Patrick Swayze. I was a big fan of his and I grew up watching his movies...his wife Lisa and family are in my prayers. thank for you taking such good care of him...May he rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him. God Bless.

    Love Your Fan Dennis Chiamulera

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Chrissy

    He truly was a great actor & a fighter against this deadly disease!! He will truly be missed! My prayers r with him & his family

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Sandy

    I am battleing stage 4 lung cancer and one of the chemo drugs is Tarceva that has been prescribed for me. it is said to be used for pancreatic cancer also. anyone have any comments on this drug?

    September 14, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Steph

    Am so in shock right now...RIP Patrick

    September 14, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Amy Dawn

    I loved him in Dirty dancing, he was such a great dancer, and I fantasized about having such a good dancer for a boyfriend/husband.. I will miss him. R.I.P Patrick, he was very strong throughout his battle, and will be missed by all.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Pat - Overland Park, KS

    It is a sad evening learning about Patrick Swayze. This cancer that he had is especially bad. It also claimed Michael Landon as well.

    My prayers and thoughts are with Patrick's family and friends and I just loved a great many of the movies he did. He will be missed.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Ryan Arnold

    This is such a sad story. A man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He will be greatly missed and unlike Michael Jackson he can rest in peace

    September 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  16. Annie Kate

    I am just stunned that Patrick died today. I was so hoping that he would beat this disease. I watched his work for years now and I don't think there was anything he was in that I didn't like or that he did less than a stellar job in. I send my condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

    September 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  17. Jane

    I am so saddened to learn the loss of Patrick Swayze. He was one of the best. I loved him so much in his different roles, but even more so as a human being. He was tops. We can all learn a few lessons from this great soul who had so much to give us. He was genuine and real, and talented and beautiful.

    God Bless Patrick, and may you dance off into the light!

    September 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  18. Dawn

    This was sad news to recieve.

    So many "big" name people passed on this year. And its only mid-Sept

    September 14, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  19. stacey

    RIP Patrick. You fought a very brave fight and now it is time to rest.

    September 14, 2009 at 9:54 pm |