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Published:May 19th, 2009 15:08 EST
Rumors Of Patrick Swayze's Death False

Rumors Of Patrick Swayze's Death False

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Patrick Swayze, whose battle with pancreatic cancer was first announced last year, has not died, contrary to a false rumor that was widely circulated Tuesday morning, the actor`s rep said.

"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, Florida," says Annett Wolf. `Patrick Swayze is alive, well and is enjoying his life and he continues to respond to treatment.`"

The Internet is like an office water cooler magnified a gazillion times, rumors spread like wildfire online. Today many Web sites reported the death of Patrick Swayze, if these sites showed more diligence they wouldn`t publish unsubstantiated rumors.

It`s OK to publish stories about the Montauk Monster and Bigfoot without doing too much research, but for god`s sake a Web site shouldn`t publish the obituary of a beloved star unless they are convinced he is really dead.

Swayze is battling pancreatic cancer, and the last thing he needs is the additional stress and aggravation of reading his obituary online.

The Dirty Dancing star may be gravely ill, but he is still enjoying his life and responding to treatment. Our thoughts and best hopes go out to Swayze; I hope he still has many months and years left to enjoy life and to make movies for his fans.