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.
Senior EP, 360
Excerpts from Anderson's conversation with 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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