Patrick Swayze would have turned 70 this Thursday

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Patrick Swayze would have turned 70 this Thursday (18) if it weren’t for the pancreatic cancer that led to his death in 2009.

The “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost” star was one of the first public figures to reveal he had the disease, the same one from which Alex Trebek and Steve Jobs died.

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Swayze was diagnosed in 2007 and died at age 57.

While there are improved treatments for pancreatic cancer today, in 2009 Swayze told ABC about the symptoms that had been bothering him.

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“I tried having champagne, and it would be like pouring acid, you know, on an open wound,” Swayze said.

“My indigestion problems became gigantic and constant. And then I started thinking, I’m getting thin. I lost about 20 pounds in the blink of an eye. And then when you see it in the mirror, when all of a sudden, you pull your eyes down and the bottom of your eyes turn yellow and jaundice sets in – then you know something is wrong.”

Swayze was diagnosed too late and the disease spread.

Some fans took to Twitter to remember the actor, with one writing: “The late Patrick Swayze was born on this date in 1952. The ‘Dirty Dancing’ star was a Hollywood icon.”

Source: CNN Brasil

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