Actor Patrick Swayze died today after a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer his publicist confirmed to ABC News.
In this file photo, actor Patrick Swayze attends the after-party for "Chicago - The Musical" in Los Angeles, California.
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"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," his publicist, Annett Wolf, said in a statement released Monday evening.
Swayze, best known for starring in the blockbuster films "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," sais he was diagnosed with cancer in January 2008.
His last television interview was in December 2008 with ABC News' Barbara Walters.
Swayze spoke candidly to Walters about his prognosis and vowed to fight his cancer and "keep my heart and my soul and my spirit open to miracles."
"One thing I'm not gonna do is chase staying alive," Swayze said. "You spend so much time chasing staying alive, you won't live."