After a two year valiant, largely private battle with type four pancreatic cancer, the Dirty Dancing and Ghost iconic movie star Patrick Swayze yesterday lost his battle of life. He was 57 years old.
The raw masculine, charming and graceful man who was dubbed by People magazine as the “Sexiest Man Alive,” was also a licensed pilot. In 2000 he was forced to make an emergecny landing while flying solo in his twin-engine Cessna from California to Las Vegas after experiencing mechanical problems.
Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi also appeared on the red carpet during the second day of the celebration for the grand opening of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on April 17, 2007.