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Texas native son Patrick Swayze dead at age 57

LOS ANGELES - Family, friends and fans are mourning the death of Patrick Swayze after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Swayze fought pancreatic cancer for 20 months even after the diagnosis he continued to working.  In his final interview, he told Barbara Walters that his work was his legacy. "If I leave this Earth, I wanna leave this earth just knowing I've tried to give something back and tried to do something worthwhile."

You can watch that interview tonight on KTRE beginning at 9, ABC's regularly scheduled "Family Secrets" will be moved to Wednesday night.  In its place, ABC News will air "Barbara Walters Special - Patrick Swayze: Last Dance," tonight. 

Swayze's publicist Annett Wolf says the 57-year-old "Dirty Dancing" actor died Monday with family at his side. He came forward about his illness last spring, but continued working as he underwent treatments.      

It was 1987 when Swayze became a star with his performance in "Dirty Dancing," a coming-of-age story set in a Catskills resort. The 1990 film "Ghost" cemented his status as a screen favorite.      

Swayze played a murdered man trying to communicate with his fiancee through a spirit played by Whoopi Goldberg.      

He kept on working even after it was disclosed in March 2008 that he had a particularly deadly form of cancer. He starred in "The Beast," an A&E drama series, and said he and his wife were working on a memoir.            

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