Friday, January 9, 2009

Patrick Swayze Hospitalized For Pneumonia

Patrick Swayze has been hospitalized for pneumonia, the president of A&E announced at a panel Friday (January 9), according to

"Patrick has asked that I tell you that he has checked himself into the hospital this morning for observation after coming down with pneumonia," A&E president Abbe Raven said at a Los Angeles press event for the Television Critics Association. "As anyone who has had a friend or family member that has undergone treatment for cancer knows, chemotherapy can take a toll on your immune system. Patrick did want me to tell you that he is very sorry he couldn't be at the panel this morning, but he plans to get back to promoting 'The Beast' as soon as he is back on his feet."

In his first interview since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last January, the actor spoke candidly about his battle in an exclusive sit-down with Barbara Walters for ABC News. The stage-four cancer has severely altered his life, he said, and it may progress more quickly than previous reports suggested.

"Two years seems likely, if you're going to believe statistics," Swayze said in the interview of his life expectancy. "I dropped 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 go yellow and jaundice sets in — then you know something's wrong."

Swayze's new show, "The Beast," is set to debut Thursday on A&E. He's continued to work long hours on the police drama, despite his illness. "I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light," Swayze said. "You can bet that I'm going through hell. And I've only seen the beginning of it."

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