Tuesday, 15 September 2009

He Had The Time Of His Life

This morning we woke to the sad news that Patrick Swayze has passed away, aged just 57, after a long illness.

Jennifer Gray, who co-starred with Swayze in Dirty Dancing, commented, “'Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace,” and in his final years Swayze demonstrated this more than ever. His determination to get the most out of the short time he had left was inspirational. Swayze had been battling cancer for almost two years – but what a battle it was. He had continued to work throughout treatment, filming American TV drama The Beast, and hadn’t even stopped during chemotherapy.

The star of film classics including Dirty Dancing, Ghost and Point Break is being remembered all over the world today, with tributes appearing on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and various message boards. These forums have become focus points for fans all over the world to share their sadness and memories of Swayze, as they did for Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson before him. Events such as these high-profile deaths demonstrate the global community created by social media and give like-minded people a chance to celebrate the life of someone they never knew, but will miss all the same.

In the spirit of celebrating a life lived to the full (and a chance to gratuitously admire the gorgeous Johnny Castle), here's a classic moment in film history.

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