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In the wake of the shocking news that Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer, many friends and colleagues rushed to make statements of support for the star of Dirty Dancing.

" Swayze's physician, Dr. George Fisher, expressed optimism, saying that the actor "has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far."

" Whoopi Goldberg gave Swayze credit for her Oscar win. It seems that Swayze lobbied hard for Goldberg to play Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, even going as far as to threaten to back out of the film unless she was cast. "When I won my Academy Award, the only person I really thanked was Patrick," Goldberg said Thursday on The View.

" A&E chimed in to announce that while The Beast, a pilot that stars Swayze as an unorthodox FBI veteran, is still in contention for pickup, "at this time all of our thoughts are solely with Patrick and his family. We are all wishing for a speedy recovery to a truly gifted actor."

" Swayze's Dirty Dancing partner was shocked upon learning the news. "That makes me feel very sad," Jennifer Grey told the New York Post. "If I saw him on the streets today, I'd throw my arms around him and love him up."

" OK! Magazine went a different route, choosing to contradict a statement by Swayze's rep that said the actor was returning to work on future projects. In fact, OK! sniped, Swayze has been replaced by John Michael Higgins in the upcoming comedy Fired Up! Stay classy, OK! - Mickey O'Connor

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