Patrick Swayze releases photo from his ranch after fake death rumor

Patrick Swayze is hanging in there in his battle against terminal pancreatic cancer. It’s pretty sad how the tabloids are printing details of his personal medical information, as if people are so interested in when and how he’s going to die. Some things should be sacred, especially with someone who has lived as low-key a life as Swayze. Some radio DJs went too far and started a rumor that he had passed, prompting Swayze’s rep to release a statement that it wasn’t true along with a nice picture of his client hanging out on his ranch in New Mexico with his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi:

The Internet exploded this morning with rumors that the Dirty Dancing star had lost his public battle with pancreatic cancer, but the actor’s rep has quickly corrected the record.

“This is to confirm that Patrick Swayze did not pass away this morning, contrary to severely reckless reports stemming from a radio station in Jacksonville, Fla.,” his publicist, Annett Wolf, says in a statement to E! News.

“Patrick is alive, well and is enjoying his life, and he continues to respond to treatment.”
The rep also released a new photo of Swazye and his wife, Lisa Niemi , taken last week at their New Mexico ranch.

The 56-year-old Beast star has been dogged by rumors of failing health since he made public his diagnosis last year.

The latest round came this morning, when his premature death was reportedly announced on air during a radio news segment on KISS-FM.

Adding to the confusion is that there are two Jacksonville-area radio stations with those call letters, though neither is eager to take credit for the report.

The programming director for 99.9 WKIS-FM, however, has already spoken out denying that the rumor originated on his airwaves.

As for Swayze, the actor is still waiting on another verdict—that of his A&E show.

The Beast did not appear on the cable net’s programming lineup when A&E unveiled its fall schedule last week, but a rep for the network said that a final decision about the show’s future has yet to be made.

[From E! Online]

We don’t often take the high road on CB, that’s not what we’re about, but we have a policy not to publish photos of celebrities at funerals and not to post serious medical details about celebrities unless they or their publicists confirm the news. In Swayze’s case the gossip press has been saying he’s about to keel for months and I’m sorry for putting it so bluntly but that’s what’s they’re doing and it’s not fair to him or his family. He is facing the toughest battle of his life and he doesn’t deserve to go through that and have to deal with all these rumors saying he’s about to die. No matter if that’s true or not he needs to keep his spirits up and those type of stories can only bring him down. How awful to have to hear a story that you’ve died. It’s nice to see this photo and hear that he’s hanging in there. We are thinking of him and rooting for him.

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  1. CRAZINESS says:

    Yay, Patrick and Lisa! Don’t let the haters get to you! There are millions upon millions more who love your style, class and dignity!! Blessings to you!

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  3. Jenna says:

    That’s just heartbreaking. I feel so terrible for him and his wife. :/

  4. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    God, I wish they’d leave him alone.

  5. Ursula says:

    It is so sad that for money, humans will degenerate to anything. Shame on all those who announced his demise prematurely. That is a good fight he is fighting. Love you and admire you so much. ‘no one puts baby in a corner’

  6. Wresa says:

    I understand that news is news, and they’re gonna report onSwayze because we DO want to know about it, but the press is really looking like a bunch of buzzards right now. You can report respectfully. This is just…ick. nast.

  7. Tess says:

    Taking the low road with most celeb twits is fair game—not to mention—fun.

    But, when it comes to celebs in final stages of life, anyone with even a shred of decency, would respect their privacy and allow them to pass with a little dignity.

  8. Darya says:

    Patrick and his wife are taking the rumours in stride as he has more important things to worry about right now. He has wonderful things in his life which must be a comfort, his ranch, lovely wife, horses, dogs and every day he has left.

  9. yadira says:

    They look so happy in that picture. Stay strong and live happily

  10. KDRockstar says:

    They do look happy, but he has that pinched-thin face that I am all too familiar with (friends who died from cancer). Compared to pics from January, he has lost a lot of weight. I wonder how many painkillers it took to get him upright for that photo.

  11. mel says:

    Here again the poppos are going too far with publishing photos and starting these pre-mature rumors of Patrick’s death. It’s really sad that journalism has come to this…

  12. boomchakaboom says:

    I’ve always loved Patrick Swayze, the actor and the man. I love his movies and his & his wife’s solid marriage and love for one another. He’s a winner on all fronts in my world.

  13. czarina says:

    This reminds me of the picture that was on the cover of the National Enquirer when Christopher Reeves was thrown from his horse and broke his back.
    It was a picture from what looked like the window of his hospital room (he was lying in bed with tubes and such).
    Nothing has shocked or disgusted me more than that (by the tabloids)…I mean, for sweet pity’s sake there should be SOME level of decency even those vultures won’t cross!!
    If they can take a picture of a man, paralysed in the hospital, they will do anything to anyone.
    I wish everyone had been as horrified by I was by the pictures of Christopher Reeves and put the NE out of business.
    (just to add, I saw the pics on the newstand…definately did not buy the rag!)

  14. Magsy says:

    God love him, leave the poor soul alone. Why must tabloids/press go on the deathwatch with celebs. Let him and his family have their privacy. What good does it do the public to see him looking so thin and sick?

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