|September 14, 2009|
Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He was best-known for his roles as romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost and as Orry Main in the North and South television miniseries. He was named by People magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991.
Diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in January 2008, Swayze told Barbara Walters a year later that he wanted the media to report that he was "kicking it". He died from the disease in September 2009. His last role was the lead in an A&E TV series, The Beast, which premiered on January 15, 2009. Owing to a prolonged decline in health, Swayze was unable to promote the series, and on June 15, 2009, Entertainment Tonight reported that the show had been cancelled.
Swayze's publicist, Annett Wolf, confirmed to CNN that he had died of pancreatic cancer. Swayze died "with family at his side" on September 14, 2009, at age 57, twenty months after being diagnosed.
In response to his death, YTMND users either made sites that pay tribute to the late actor or parodying his death. Most of the parody sites are combined with Kanye West's VMA Incident.