Patrick Swayze, Star Of 'Dirty Dancing,' 'Ghost' And 'The Beast,' Dead At 57

FROM MTV.COM: Following a long and very public battle with cancer, Patrick Swayze — a film and television star and dance icon — died Monday (September 14). He was 57 years old.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early last year, the news shocked fans who had long followed the career of Swayze, a muscular heartthrob most famous for playing a virile dance instructor in "Dirty Dancing" and a no-nonsense tough guy in films like "Road House" and "Point Break." As the tabloid headlines of his imminent demise intensified, he launched a new crime show called "The Beast," even though the noticeably thinner star admitted that shooting was difficult on him physically.

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