Patrick Swayze was one of those legendary actors who would still be on our screens today if his life wasn't taken by cancer. However, it's been said that the disease wasn't the only suffering he went through.
"Dirty Dancing" star Patrick Swayze suffered a lot through the last days on Earth. Allegations have since come out about abuse from different people after his year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
It's been said that the actor was physically and mentally abused by his wife, Lisa Niemi Swayze. While she claimed Patrick was abused by his mother when he was still a child.
Patrick Swayze posing for the cast gallery of "The Renegades," circa 1982 | Photo: ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content/Getty Images
TEENAGE LOVE STORY
Patrick and Lisa fell in love when they were pretty young. The couple met in Houston when a 16-year-old Lisa walked into Patrick's mother's dance studio and fell in love with him at first sight.
The actor then-18-year-old was also smitten for life. The pair ended up getting married in 1975, and his wife recalled how they'd danced together at a school exhibition when they met the first time.
Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual Oscar party on February 29, 2004, in Hollywood, California | Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
PATRICK'S PROMISE TO HIS MOM
According to his widow, Patrick told her he never wanted to get divorced, as he'd once promised that to his mother, Patsy Swayze. He'd allegedly told the dance instructor that he'd stay married until she died.
FIRST APPEARANCE SINCE DIAGNOSIS
The star was able to keep his word as he sadly died before his mother. Patrick passed away after turning 57 of pancreatic cancer in 2009 after battling the disease for more than a year.
The actor avoided the limelight after he'd announced his diagnosis. His first public appearance happened months later, in May 2008, when he attended a basketball game at Los Angeles' Staples Center.
He was photographed sitting in the crowd with his wife while enjoying the playoff game. Images showed how much thinner he was, but he still seemed in good spirits and even cheered at the game.
GRUELLING CANCER TREATMENT
One of his first interviews since announcing his diagnosis was in October 2008, with The New York Times. He confessed that his chemotherapy treatment wasn't a positive experience, stating:
"It's a battle zone I go through. Chemo, no matter how you cut it, is hell on wheels.”
Patrick Swayze at the Video Software Dealers Association's award show at the Bellagio July 27, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images
Besides battling the dangerous disease, the "Ghost" actor also had to shut down negative stories about himself. In 2009 The National Enquirer released a cover showing Patrick looking very thin.
The publication implied that the star was close to death. In a statement to People afterward, Patrick shared how he couldn't understand why the publication focused on sharing negative things about him.
Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze at the NATO-ShoWest Convention on February 24, 1988, at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
He explained how many positive things were happening in his life and that he'd started a new chemotherapy regiment. The actor even shared that he was responding well to the treatment.
HIS LAST WORK
One thing that never stopped for Patrick was his acting work. In June 2008, he'd started on the early stages of working on a new cable television show, and in between his treatment, he was filming the police drama show "The Beast."
Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze at the after-party for "Chicago - The Musical" on January 8, 2004, at Cinespace, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
In 2009, he appeared in the film "Velvet Blue," where he was the character named Velvet Larry. The movie was released a month after his death passing, having been filmed in 2007.
ABUSE CLAIMS AGAINST LISA
After Patrick died on September 14, 2009, losing his battle 20 months after revealing his diagnosis, his wife was accused of abuse. Someone claiming to be an old family friend was the one who brought the allegations.
The person claimed in 2016 that Lisa physically abused the late star. The source said the actor's wife neglected him while his primary caregiver, brother Donny Swayze, was away.
According to the insider, Patrick would contend with sitting in dirty clothes. The friend said Lisa would beat the late star, and he'd take out his rage on furniture and walls and, they fought a lot in their abusive relationship.
Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze at the 2nd Annual Ocean Partners Awards Gala on November 11, 2004, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images
Even when the actor was battling cancer, Lisa allegedly would claw at his neck and arms and slap and punch him. Through her spokesperson, Lisa denied the claims stating to Daily Mail:
“It is categorically untrue. It is that simple.”
Patrick Swayze at Borders Bookstore to sign copies of his new movie "One Last Dance" on August 24, 2005, in New York City | Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
Reports also stated that Lisa even barred her husband from having visitors, including his mother. She allegedly also tried to remove her mother-in-law from the Simi Valley home Swayze had purchased for her.
Lisa also allegedly stopped her husband from leaving their home called "Rancho Bizarro." It was so bad that when the star wanted to talk to friends and family, he'd wait until his wife was asleep and call at 2 a.m.
The alleged friend who made the claims mentioned above about Lisa could not reveal his identity due to legal issues. However, it was said he was quietly seeking justice for the late actor.
According to Patrick's childhood friend, Charlotte Stevens, she'd encouraged the actor to leave his wife after he allegedly learned Lisa had affairs with both men and women. He refused to cheat back because he didn't want it used against him.
Lisa's representative spoke to Gossip Cop, telling them that her client didn't even know who Stevens was. As the star became more ill, he also allegedly became more defenseless.
Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi at the Los Angeles premiere of "Inland Empire" held at the LACMA Museum on December 9, 2006, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
ABUSE CLAIMS AGAINST PATSY
In August 2019, People magazine interviewed Lisa about her upcoming documentary. In it, the actor's widow revealed some shocking details about her late husband's childhood, a decade after his death.
One of the claims was that her mother-in-law physically abused Patrick when he was a child. Lisa said the abuse finally stopped when Patrick turned 18 and his father, Jesse, intervened.
Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi pose backstage during the 9th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 17, 2007, in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images
The widow claimed her husband often told her the story of how his mother was beating him on his 18th birthday when Jesse told Patsy he would divorce her if she touched their son again.
That's when the alleged abuse stopped for good. Patsy allegedly remained close to her daughter-in-law until she passed away from stroke complications at the age of 86 in September 2013.
Patrick Swayze at the after-party for the opening night of "A Moon For The Misbegotten" on April 9, 2007, in New York City | Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
After mourning her husband's death, Lisa eventually re-married four years later. In December 2013, the former widow announced that she was engaged to jeweler Albert DePrisco.
However, Patrick’s [Swayze] niece, Danielle Swayze, wasn’t a fan of the move.
They promptly tied the knot in May 2014 in a ceremony at the Mar-a-Largo Club in Palm Beach in front of 50 guests. Lisa never had any children with her famous late husband for all 34 years together.
PATRICK'S MEMORABILIA SOLD
In 2017, Hello! Magazine revealed that Lisa had sold several of her late husband's memorabilia items from his successful career. These included the leather jacket that Patrick had worn in "Dirty Dancing."
It was sold in a Los Angeles auction for $62,270 by a Hollywood memorabilia collector. Other items that she auctioned included Patrick's shirt in "Ghost" and the surfboard from "Point Break."
American actor Patrick Swayze, circa 1990 | Photo: Getty Images
PATRICK'S NIECE'S DISPLEASURE
According to Press Association, Lisa said the decision to auction the items was about letting go. She confessed that she felt some loss when letting his items go but saw it as a positive thing to do.
However, Patrick's niece, Danielle Swayze, wasn't a fan of the move. Danielle stated that she felt the items were "family heirlooms" and that their auctioning was like "a slap in the face."
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