The Grazia office is saddened by the news that Patrick Swayze died last night following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Since the 57-year-old was diagnosed in March 2008, there’s been speculation about his chance of survival (it was alleged he was only given a week to live when he was originally diagnosed), but the actor (who’ll we’ll remember best as bad-boy Johnny Castle and for the line ‘Nobody puts baby in the corner’) continued to worked throughout his treatment and even bravely refused painkillers during the filming of A&E series The Beast, so he could perform to his best. Back in April, he was pictured looking frail and skeletal, but by July he appeared much stronger, having regained some weight and regrown a full head of hair, after chemo. However, friends say his death was not unexpected and in the last year Patrick had been preparing himself, writing his memoirs and saying goodbye to family and friends. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lisa Niemi who was with him when he died. Patrick, you’ll be sorely missed. And though we’ll remember the actor for his role in Ghost and showing his darker side in Donnie Darko, one movie moment dominates them all. It’s a move we’ve all tried, and failed (usually in the sea after a few too many daiquiris) and we couldn’t mark his passing without revisiting that moment: Johnny and Baby’s infamous lift.
- Amy Molloy