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    Patrick Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi took a break from collaborating on their book (due out in the fall of 2009) to spend time with friends on their ranch in New Mexico on May 13, 2009. Representatives for the actor issued a statement confirming the actor was "alive and well ... contrary severely reckless reports stemming from a radio station."
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  • Patrick Swayze

    Patrick Swayze spoke to Barbara Walters about his battle with pancreatic cancer in his last television interview. <p> Swayze said he was focusing on his treatment but not letting it dominate his life. "What winning is to me is not giving up, is no matter what's thrown at me, I can take it," Swayze told Walters. "And I can keep going."
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  • Patrick Swayze

    "I have no greater respect for any other human being on this earth like I have for her," Swayze said of Lisa Niemi, his wife of 33 years. <p> Receiving the diagnosis, Niemi said, "was very surreal." <p> "For the first few weeks it was like being in a nightmare you couldn't wake up from," she told Walters.
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  • Patrick Swayze

    On his A&E series "The Beast," Patrick Swayze plays Charles Barker, an aging FBI agent who is battling internal demons. <p> The grueling five-month Chicago shoot was "incredibly hard" for the 56-year-old actor, but he kept his energy up throughout. <p> "I've never been one to run from a challenge," he said. <p> <a href="http://www.aetv.com/the-beast/" target="external">The Beast</a> premieres Jan. 15 on A&E at 10 p.m. ET.
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