Patrick Swayze died Monday, September 14, 2009.
Swayze’s death comes after a nearly two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
The 57-year-old actor’s publicist released a statement Monday evening, saying, “Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months.”
According to recent reports, Swayze had gone home to be with his family.
Swayze went public with his illness in early 2008 and underwent regular bouts of chemotherapy as he repeatedly denied tabloid reports that he was close to death. In January 2009, he sat down for an interview with Barbara Walters, and was hospitalized shortly after with pneumonia.
Born in Houston, Texas, Swayze moved to New York to train as a professional ballet dancer before taking the lead role of Danny Zuko in the Broadway production of “Grease.” In 1983, he was cast in Francis Ford Coppola’s cult hit “The Outsiders.” Swayze’s role as Johnny Castle in 1987′s “Dirty Dancing” catapulted him into the Hollywood A-list. Three years later, he starred opposite Demi Moore in “Ghost.”