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Hollywood stars pay tribute to Patrick Swayze

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Actor Patrick Swayze's publicist Annett Wolf shocked many with his statement on Monday evening that the 'Dirty Dancing' star passed away peacefully with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months. Swayze's friends and his Hollywood co-stars like Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Rob Lowe, Point Break director Kathryn Bigelow, choreographer Kenny Ortega, Arnold Schwarzenegger and C. Thomas Howell have mourned his sad demise and paid tribute to him.

Jennifer Grey, who co-starred with Swayze in Dirty Dancing, said in a statement: "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."

Actor Rob Lowe paid tribute saying he had 'lost a brother'."Patrick lived a thousand lifetimes in one lifetime. Patrick lived a thousand lifetimes in one lifetime. He was an expert dancer, he wrote hit songs, he starred in hit movies, he was an amazing horseman. But the thing I will remember him most for was his amazing love affair with his wife Lisa," Sky quotes Rob Lowe saying in Toronto at the premiere of his new film The Invention of Lying.

“There are great actors and there are great screen personalities. Mr. Swayze was the latter. His reputation rests on Dirty Dancing and Ghost, and what made them beloved was his gallantry. Quite simply, he radiated Galahad-like honor. Patrick possessed a depth of nobility," said his Point Break director Kathryn Bigelow.

Kenny Ortega, choreographer for Dirty Dancing and To Wong Foo…, has joined colleagues in paying tribute to Patrick Swayze. “Patrick was a great human being who I knew as a loving son, husband, brother and friend. He was one of the most creative, enjoyable and ALIVE people I knew. He did as much for dancing as any man of our generation. Patrick loved life, and had SUCH an enthusiasm for everything he did. If he could climb it he climbed it. If he could write it, he wrote it. If he could dance it, well, we all know he did. He lived," Briefs reports Kenny Ortega's statement.

"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 said to People.

"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 said to People.

"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," Press Office reports Arnold Schwarzenegger saying.

"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," US Magazine quotes Swayze's co-star in The Outsiders, C. Thomas Howell

However, actor Patrick Swayze passed away on Monday evening after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. The Dirty Dancing actor was recently spotted leaving Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday August 26.

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