Nice looking man with some of the most memorable chick flicks in his holster, nevertheless 35 years of four packs a day and alcoholic lifestyle caught up with him, causing, as it does, weird incurable cancers, in his case, pancreatic.
In truth, like obese America, he wound up killing himself in his prime, which made us all the more poorer.
What he did to himself does not lessen who he was and what he meant to many. No none, I repeat no one deserves to die from cancer regardless of whether or not they had anything to do with it. Do you understand that? There's plenty of other places to point fingers starting with the Tobacco indusrty, the FDA and leading right to our own government. People were not as educared then as they are now with regard to tobacco. The damn shame is it's still legal and marketed successfully.
People have to take responsibility for their own bad habits, and Swayze counted himself one who did. An alky for a dozen years, he didn't even quit smoking after diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.
I was a smoker. I quit. People have to take responsibility for what they do. They should get the medical care they need regardless when sick, sick, is sick, but take friggin responsibility LIKE Swayze did.
To some extent I can agree with you. As a cancer survivor myself, who has not smoked, am not obese, drinks very little, still got cancer. I was lucky, my cancer was VERY TREATABLE! putting the blame on tabacco, FDA, is a waste of energy. Nobody gets a gun pointed to their head to smoke/drink. People make not very wise decisions, and the blame falls soley on their shoulders. Government is the source of many problems, look at the nitwits we keep electing, present adminstration a perfect example, but not in this case.
Hey if NObama and his goof-ball followers get in the insurance business, people will probably die before they get cancer. Let's hope not!!
Patrick Wayne Swayze August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter best-known for his roles as romantic leading men in Dirty Dancing, Ghost and as Orry Main in the North and South television miniseries.
Diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in January 2008, Swayze told Barbara Walters a year later that he wanted the media to report that he was "kicking it". He died from the disease in September 2009. His last role was the lead in an A&E TV series, The Beast, which premiered on January 15, 2009. ================================
As a reaction to his father's death at age 57 from a heart attack in 1982, Swayze began to drink heavily. His sister Vicky committed suicide by overdose in 1994, leading him to seek treatment for alcoholism. After initial recovery, he temporarily withdrew from show business, retreating to his ranches in California and Las Vegas, New Mexico, to breed Arabian horses. His best-known horse was Tammen, a chestnut Arabian stallion.
Illness and death
Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late January 2008, and underwent chemotherapy and other treatments at the Stanford University Medical Center and he appeard to be responding well to treatment thus far". Swayze's doctor confirmed that the actor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer called intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm.
Swayze appeared on the ABC, NBC, and CBS simulcast of Stand Up to Cancer in September 2008, to appeal to the general public for donations.
Swayze said that his chain smoking probably "had something to do with" the development of his disease. Photos taken of a gaunt Swayze in the months before his death showed him continuing to smoke.
His own words on youtube on smoking addiction, his own words on youtube his addiction to booze, his obituary, and Wikipedia. See the Barbara Walters interview.
Other than that, what else would you need?