Swayze Died Day Before Death Was Announced

PATRICK SWAYZE's grieving family said their final goodbyes to the actor in a cowboy-style wake - 24 hours before his death was announced to the world, according to a U.S. tabloid report.
News of the Ghost actor's passing broke on 14 September (09), the date stated on his death certificate, but the National Enquirer claims Swayze, 57, actually lost his battle with pancreatic cancer the day before, on 13 September (09).
A family insider tells the publication Swayze was bedridden at his Los Angeles home in the week leading up to his death and slipped into a coma after being heavily medicated.
The star's wife Lisa Niemi called Swayze's mother Patsy and brother Donny in the early hours of 13 September and the trio kept a bedside vigil for more than an hour before he passed away.
A source says, "It was down to a matter of moments. They walked in and stood around Patrick's bed. Patsy and Lisa held his hands and told him it was time to stop fighting. They told him they loved him and it was okay to go.
"By 10am he was gone. Lisa, Don and Patsy all sat quietly with him for a while."
Niemi then reportedly prepared Swayze's body for a "cowboy wake".
The source adds: "First Lisa removed the medicine and supplies from the room. Then she cleaned up Patrick and dressed him in a nice shirt and slacks. The bed linens were changed and Patrick was laid back down on the bed. He looked like he was napping. He was so peaceful."
Forty of the actor's close friends and family were invited to pay their respects to Swayze on the day of his death before his body was taken away by a coroner.
The source says, "Some just stood there looking at Patrick, saying silent prayers. Some kissed him goodbye, and some told his family how wonderful and brave he had been, and that they'd never forget him."
Swayze was reportedly cremated last week (ends18Sep09). His ashes will be scattered across his beloved ranch in New Mexico later this month.


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My deepest condolences to the Swayze family and I wish to express my admiration for the strong fight he put up before the end.I lost an Uncle to the same cancer so I know how strong he had to be.
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I am so sorry for the loss your family is dealingwith. You will be in our hearts and prayers. Ilove to watch Patrick's movies, but most of all Ihave the greatest respect for him. You could tellyour life was filled with love and sharing, and I'venever heard any bad in all these years. That saysa lot for both of you. God bless you and know thathe loves you. Many fans are grieving with you andI am one. I pray you have peace. Sylvia Richardson
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We lost one hell of an actor and good person
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I’m never going forget Patrick Swayze too. I loved him so much. While I live, I remember and love him.
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I was so sorry to hear that such a great man and human being had cancer in the first place. He was a wonderful actor, too. Dirty Dancing and Ghost have been two of my favorite movies of all time. I hope you and your family know that he is finally at peace and in pain no longer. He was so BRAVE and STRONG throughout his whole ordeal.May you have peace in your heart, and know that the pain you feel will ease over time, although he will always be missed.God Bless You All!!!
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Patrick's wife Lisa has contacted us with news of a Research Fund in Patrick's name. Here is Lisa's message: www.patrickswayze.netStanford University is coalescing existing research activities on pancreas cancer to form a Pancreas Cancer Center . This center will expedite application of emerging technologies and the development of molecular targeted therapies all focused on pancreas cancer. Of course, our wonderful Dr. George Fisher, Jr. is involved with all this and setting up this fund in Patrick's name.Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research FundStanford Cancer Center875 Blake Wilbur Dr.Palo Alto CA 94304Telephone: 650.234.0600Fax: 650.234.0645givinginformation@med.stanford.eduSincere thanks to Lisa for sending us this news and we back the Research Fund with all our support. Please promote the Research Fund if you can, thanks.Patrick will be greatly missed. We invite you to sign the Book of Condolence, www.patrickswayze.net
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