Patrick Swayze's passing on Monday, September 14, has drawn sympathy from some of his celebrity friends, including the likes of Travis Fimmel and Whoopi Goldberg. Cable and satellite television network A&E is also quick to comment on the death of the actor, who stars in its drama series "The Beast" until it was canceled in June 2009.
Travis, who co-starred with Patrick in "The Beast", says "He was an inspiration, a gentleman and I was blessed to have worked with him and even more blessed to have called him my friend." He then adds, "My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Lisa (Niemi) and their families."
A&E, meanwhile, issues a statement, claiming "We are saddened by the loss of one of our generation's greatest talents and a member of the A&E family. Patrick's work on 'The Beast' was an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Lisa and his entire family during this difficult time."
Patrick's "Ghost" co-star Whoopi expresses her condolences by issuing a statement that read, "Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can't ever repay. I believe in Ghost's message, so he'll always be near."
Actor C. Thomas Howell, who worked together with Patrick in some projects, like "The Outsiders", "Red Dawn" and "Grandview, U.S.A.", claims "I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick." He goes on stating, "While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day. Not only did we lose a fine actor today, I lost my older Outsiders brother. My heart goes out to not only his entire family, but all his fans as well."
On Monday, September 14, Patrick Swayze lost his battle against stage 4 of pancreatic cancer, which he was first diagnosed with earlier last year. His publicist Annett Wolf confirmed his death later that day, saying the 57-year-old star "passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months."