As you should have all heard and shed countless tears over by now, Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and may or may not be dying. I hate talking about dying people, so I’ll just talk as if he’s already dead.
Pat Swayze was a fantastic actor and produced some of the greatest portrayals of a dance instructor, cooler, drag queen, surfing gang leader, and pedophilic self-help guru the cinematic world has ever seen. Forget ghost, that title belongs to Bill Cosby.
Sadly, too many forget Swayze’s musical contribution to the world, “She’s Like The Wind”. A track off the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, Swayze not only co-wrote the tune, but pulled out an angelic performance that helped skyrocket it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1987.
We’ll miss you, Swaze. If you can hear me up there, rest easy that you’ll live on forever in Matt Miles here on Earth. At least until Matt dies. And I guess through your movies and music and shit, too. Oh, and through this awesome international fan club.