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He’s Like The Wind

Though I knew it was coming, I feel a little like I’ve been punched in the stomach tonight. I just found out that Patrick Swayze lost his battle with cancer at the age of 57. I suppose everyone has their own special memories of any actor they are fond of (and I mean “fond of” not in a stalker-ish way but in an admiring-from-afar kind of way). In my mind, though he played many awesome characters in many different kinds of projects, to me he will always be Orry Main and Johnny Castle.

I took a breath after hearing the news of his death and then my thoughts went immediately to his wife, Lisa Niemi. Patrick and Lisa met when they were teens and had been married since 1975. Though they tried (and I think I read that she miscarried twice), they never had children. They were inseparable. My heart goes out to Lisa, Patrick’s lifetime dance partner. I can’t imagine what she’s going through right now.

I guess it’s time to pull out the “North and South” DVDs again this weekend…

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  • DysFUNctional Mom September 15, 2009, 7:24 am

    I'm heartbroken. He will always be Johnny Castle to me.

  • Sue September 15, 2009, 10:42 am

    Poor Patrick. Poor Lisa.
    I had to write a post too.
    Sniff, sniff.

  • Mom24 September 15, 2009, 11:11 am

    It is really sad. He fought so hard.

  • Jeve (aka John and Steve) September 15, 2009, 11:37 am

    Very sad indeed. So many famous people who have made such an impact passing these days. A lot to handle.

  • Anonymous September 15, 2009, 12:18 pm

    They say it is always the good that die. There are many people that deserve to die before people like Patrick.
    My heart has a space today and I want to cry. He has been one of my heart throbs I am a dancer at heart and always have been. We need some more song and dance movies and TV programs alike. Forget the guns and killing lets see song and dance more. May be this world would be better if it did have less of the killings on the movie and TV screen.

    I will miss him, I still have the poster you girls gave me of Patrick.
    With sadness and love.
    Grandma W

  • LceeL September 15, 2009, 12:26 pm

    R.I.P., Patrick. Me? I will always remember 'Ghost' and 'Dirty Dancing". Oh, and 'Roadhouse'.

  • surprised mom September 15, 2009, 2:14 pm

    I read this post last night, but was too sad to comment. Thanks for the great post and the accompanying videos. I will always be thankful for "Ghost," "Dirty Dancing," and the rest of Patrick Swayze's films. He will live on through them. My sympathies to his wife and constant companion.

  • WeaselMomma September 15, 2009, 2:22 pm

    He was a good man that I admired for his devotion to his marriage.

  • Meeko Fabulous September 15, 2009, 3:19 pm

    Yup. Dirty Dancing will always be the movie that defined my generation.

  • mayberry September 15, 2009, 6:49 pm

    There's been such a sweet sound byte on NPR today — him talking about how he loved to dance with his wife, at events and such, but they'd always get looks: "Look Martha, they're gonna dance!"

  • PJ Mullen September 16, 2009, 1:33 am

    I'm going to be running a Roadhouse and Red Dawn marathon this weekend. Not much of a DD fan myself, but I'll probably have to throw that one in for the wife. WOLVERINES!

  • Heather September 16, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Its so sad 🙁 So many incredible celebrities passing. He will be missed!

  • NYC Girl September 17, 2009, 8:22 pm

    I'm so sad about it! You post was great. I've wanted to write about him but work has been crazy!

    He will be very missed!