Patrick Swayze passed away at the very same age his father was when he died. His untimely death left a deep void in the world of entertainment. His extraordinary life and career were given a heartfelt tribute in the documentary “I Am Patrick Swayze,” presented by the Paramount Network.
The documentary made its debut in August 2019, raking in a staggering 2 million viewers and making it the most-watched cable personality documentary that year. Through “I Am Patrick Swayze,” fans everywhere could honor the later actor’s accomplishments and reflect on his iconic roles. There would never be anyone like Patrick Swayze.
His Health Worsens
In January 2009, Swayze was admitted to the hospital due to pneumonia, which was said to be a complication arising from his chemotherapy. It was a setback that tested his resilience. He was soon discharged from the hospital and allowed to rest at home. On April 19, 2009, doctors delivered devastating news to Swayze – the cancer had metastasized once again, this time reaching his liver.
In understanding the potential causes of his illness, Swayze openly acknowledged his past smoking habits. He had been a smoker for a staggering 40 years, at one point even mentioning that he smoked around 60 cigarettes a day. Despite undergoing cancer treatment, Swayze continued to smoke cigarettes, a choice that surely carried its own emotional weight.
Powder Blue Was His Last Theatrical Release
The indie drama “Powder Blue” was Swayze's last appearance in a feature film. He took on the role of Velvet Larry, a crime boss who also owned a strip club. The release of “Powder Blue” didn't quite make the impact that fans and critics had hoped for. The film received a limited theatrical release and, unfortunately, garnered mostly negative reviews from critics.
Tragically, just a few months after the film's release, Swayze passed away. It wasn't the grand send-off that Swayze's talent deserved. The film may not have received the recognition it deserved, but Swayze’s incredible body of work endures regardless.
Patrick Swayze Loses the Battle Against Cancer
On September 14, 2009, surrounded by his loved ones, Patrick Swayze's courageous battle against cancer came to an end. At just 57 years old, he tragically passed away, leaving behind a lasting legacy. Swayze's passed away 20 months after his initial diagnosis, a period marked by strength, resilience, and the unwavering support of his family and fans.
His publicist revealed that the cause of his death was indeed pancreatic cancer, the illness that had taken so much from him over the years. Following his passing, Swayze's body was cremated in accordance with his wishes. His ashes were then scattered over the vast expanse of his cherished New Mexico ranch, forever becoming a part of the land he called home and loved.
His Biggest Regret Revealed
Although Patrick Swayze is best known for his role in Dirty Dancing, he has managed to keep much of his personal life private. However, there's one aspect of his life he once openly spoke about: his regret of not becoming a father. Swayze's love story with his wife, Lisa Niemi, began when they met as teenagers in his mother's dancing class. Swayze yearned to become a father, and when Niemi became pregnant, the couple couldn't contain their joy.
When Niemi miscarried, the loss devastated him. Swayze's bodyguard, Frank Whiteley, revealed that the miscarriage broke his heart. Being a father was something Swayze longed for more than anything else. He possessed all the qualities necessary to be an amazing dad: skills, knowledge, kindness, and an abundance of love.