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Celebrating the life of Patrick Swayze

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
September 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Patrick Swayze's life is being celebrated by his friends and fans on Tuesday.The 57-year-old actor lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday.

"This was a well fought battle," said an emotional Whoopi Goldberg on Tuesday's episode of "The View."

Goldberg and Swayze became good friends after the two co-starred in the 1990 movie "Ghost."

"I've said it before," Goldberg mentioned. "Because of Patrick I got that movie 'Ghost,' and because of him I have an Oscar."

Swayze's other "Ghost" co-star, Demi Moore, tweeted her feelings about her much loved friend.

"Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives." Moore tweeted "And in the words of Sam to Molly, 'It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you'."

Another of Swayze's more memorable movies is "Dirty Dancing." His co-star in the film was actress Jennifer Grey.

"Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace. My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family."

Swayze first came to many people's attention with the Francis Ford Coppola drama, "The Outsiders." Two of his co-stars from that film reacted to his death.

"While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films," said C. Thomas Howell. "It was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure."

Ralph Macchio added that, "Patrick fought the ultimate fight as he embraced his life-with strength, dignity and grace," said Macchio. "His love of his work and family was inspirational. I am proud to have shared in his journey. Remembering my fellow greaser, stay gold buddy."

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