Sept. 15, 2009 — -- Moments after Patrick Swayze's publicist announced the 57-year-old "Dirty Dancing" star died Monday after a 20-month long battle with pancreatic cancer, celebrities started sharing their memories of the beloved actor.
Below, check out what Swayze's friends and colleagues, including Jennifer Grey, his "Dirty Dancing" co-star, and Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, his "Ghost" co-stars, are saying in the wake of his death.
Watch the Barbara Walters Special "Patrick Swayze: Last Dance" Tuesday at 10 pm ET.
"Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace. Gorgeous and strong, he was a real cowboy with a tender heart. He was fearless and insisted on always doing his own stunts, so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified. When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see. My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, LisaNiemi, to his mom,Patsy, and to the rest of their family," Jennifer Grey, via her manager.
"Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives. In the words of Sam to Molly. 'It's amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you. I will miss you," Demi Moore, via People.com.
"Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can't ever repay. I believe in 'Ghost's' message, so he'll always be near," Whoopi Goldberg, via People.com.
"He fought the bravest battle and sadly lost. My heart goes out to his wonderful Lisa, his wife and soulmate for 34 years," Barbara Walters, via ABC News.
"Patrick Swayze was a talented and passionate artist who struck a memorable chord with audiences throughout the world. He played a wide range of characters both on stage and in movies and his celebrated performances made the hard work of acting look effortless -- which I know from experience is not easy. As a fan and as an actor, I admired Patrick and I know that he will be dearly missed. On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I send our deepest condolences to Patrick's family, friends and fans," Arnold Schwarzenegger, via the California Governor's Press Office.
"I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick. While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day. Not only did we lose a fine actor today, I lost my older 'Outsiders' brother. My heart goes out to not only his entire family, but all his fans as well," C. Thomas Howell, who acted with Swayze in "The Outsiders," "Red Dawn" and "Grandview, U.S.A.," via Usmagazine.com.
"I will always cherish my amazing memories of Patrick ... we had so much fun together ... come back soon Patrick, we need you here on earth," Kirstie Alley, who co-starred with Swayze in the TV miniseries "North and South," via Twitter.
"Patrick Swayze was a kindred spirit and a spiritual brother of mine. His focus was center target and his purpose was ... faith, kindness, grace, understanding and love. Patrick Swayze's Book of Life will never be over because he's moved on to the spiritual plateau where life is forever," Gary Busey, via People.com.
"I had the privilege and honor to work with Patrick over the past two years on the television show 'The Beast.' I learned so much from him over that too short amount of time. He was a talented actor, a great man and a wonderful friend. I will miss him. My heart goes out to his wife Lisa and the rest of his family," Vincent Angell, co-creator of "The Beast," the A&E series in which Swayze starred, via Usmagazine.com.
"He was an inspiration, a gentleman and I was blessed to have worked with him and even more blessed to have called him my friend. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Lisa and their families," Travis Fimmel, Swayze's "Beast" co-star, via Usmagazine.com.