The news of Patrick Swayze’s death broke on Monday afternoon and the celebrity community was quick to share their condolences over the loss of the celebrated actor, dancer, husband (to his beloved Lisa Niemi) and friend to many in Hollywood.
“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.” – Whoopi Goldberg said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
”Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace. Gorgeous and strong, he was a real cowboy with a tender heart. He was fearless and insisted on always doing his own stunts, so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified. When I think of him, I think
of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see. My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family.” -- Jennifer Grey said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
Many stars, including Demi Moore, chose to share their comments on Twitter.
mrskutcher (Demi Moore): “Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives…“And in the words of Sam to Molly. “It’s amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.“I love and will miss you Patrick.”
KirstieAlley: “I will always cherish my amazing memories of Patrick…we had so much fun together…come back soon Patrick, we need you here on earth.”
RalphMacchio: “So saddened by this news. RIP dear Patrick, my fellow greaser. You fought the fight like no other. With dignity and grace.”
RedHourBen (Ben Stiller): “Very sad news about the passing of P Swayze. He was a kind and generous man. Respect.”
Aplusk (Ashton Kutcher): “RIP P Swayze.”
PaulaAbdul: “In rehearsal&just heard the devastating news about Patrick Swayze. He was a true gentleman, amazing talent, and a good friend… I will miss him terribly.”
Denise_Richards: “please pray for Patrick Swayze’s wife and family, what a tragic loss.”
Jamie_Oliver: “v sad news Patrick Swazey the actor from dirty dancing just passed away, very sad i met him once he seemed v nice, very sad night jamie ox.”
RyanSeacrest: “Sad! Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months.”
Kingsthings (Larry King): “Patrick Swayze was a wonderful actor & a terrific guy. He put his heart in everything.He was an extraordinary fighter in his battle w Cancer.”
RoseMcgowan: “He was so brave&he fought so valiantly.yet another RIP RT Patrick Swayze dies.”
DonnieWahlberg: “Moment of silence and respect… We just lost the subject of one of our best songs ever… And a true star… R.I.P. Patrick Swayze.”
MarleeMatlin: “I’ll never forget the electricity I felt when I saw Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. Even more charismatic in person. A true gentleman. RIP.”
Alyssa_Milano: “RIP Patrick. You were a great talent. And more importantly… a true gentleman.”
TheDavidCook: “RIP Patrick Swayze. …so tired of watching people die from this.”
GillesMarini: “My prayers goes to Patrick Swayze family. R.I.P Patrick , no more suffering, you are in a betterplace.”
TheBoyGeorge: “R.I.P Patrick Swayze. sad, sad news!”
JohnLarroquette: “It’s amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.” Patrick Swayze from Ghost.--Rest now, sir, and be content.”
ElizaDushku: “just heard about Swayze. very sad. ‘nobody puts Baby in the corner.’ Rip.”
MichaelChiklis: “R.I.P. Patrick :-(.”
BillyRayCyrus: “Patrick Swayze. An inspiration to all. A great man and your work will live forever. May God be with you and your loved ones……… Amen.”
MelissaEGilbert: “oh Buddy…no more pain for you. My prayers are with your beautiful Lisa and your family…Say hi to my Dad and my Pa.”
Ricky_Martin: “Patrick Swayze R.I.P. much love to his family.”
MelRivers (Melissa Rivers): “RIP Patrick Swayze.”