Patrick Swayze checks into hospital with pneumonia
Patrick Swayze has checked himself into hospital – after it was revealed he’s suffering with pneumonia.
The 56-year-old Dirty Dancing was due to attend a press event for the Television Critics Association in LA – but missed it after he was taken ill.
‘As we arrived here this morning we have some news,’ said A&E president Abbe Raven.
‘Patrick Swayze has checked himself into the hospital. However, he asked us specifically to go forward with today’s panel. We wish him the very best with his recovery.’
Patrick – who is battling pancreatic cancer – was scheduled to promote his new TV show The Beast, which he continued to shoot despite undergoing gruelling rounds of chemotherapy.
‘Patrick is undergoing treatment and he’s still fighting,’ a source close to the star told People.
‘He felt so bad that he couldn’t be at the TCAs. He’s fighting and doing well, and that’s all anybody can hope for at this stage. He is not at death’s door. Nobody ever knows with cancer, but he’s doing alright.
‘As soon as he’s out, he’s going to try to reschedule as much as he can.
The source added: ‘He knows he’s not a miracle. There’s only so much he can do. He needs to take care of himself, so he checked himself in to get the help he needs.’
During a recent candid interview, the actor told Barbara Walters that his road has been difficult.
‘You can bet that I’m going through hell,’ he said. ‘And I’ve only seen the beginning of it.’
But the actor has been highly praised by all his co-stars for his positivity – and is not giving up without a fight.