Patrick Swayze released from hospital

Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:28pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Patrick Swayze, the "Dirty Dancing" star who is battling pancreatic cancer, has been released from a weeklong stay at a hospital where he was treated for pneumonia, People magazine reported on Friday.

Swayze, 56, was hospitalized in Los Angeles on January 9, hours before he was scheduled to appear at a gathering of television critics to promote his new TV crime drama, "The Beast," which premiered on the A&E cable network on Thursday.

The actor stars as a rogue FBI undercover agent.

"I am happy to announce that Patrick Swayze is home after a brief hospitalization for pneumonia," his spokeswoman, Annett Wolf, told People in a report published on the magazine's website.

The report added he was resting with his wife, Lisa, 52. There were no further details. His representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

Swayze, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, told Barbara Walters of ABC News in a TV interview broadcast on January 7 that he was "going through hell" and might have only two years to live. But he denied reports he was near death.

The American Cancer Society says the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is about 5 percent. The majority of patients die within six months.

Swayze is known around the world for his role as the dance instructor in 1987's coming-of-age movie "Dirty Dancing," which inspired hit stage shows in London, Australia and Canada.

Among his other movie credits was the popular 1990 supernatural romance "Ghost," co-starring Demi Moore.

<p>Actor Patrick Swayze attends the fan screening of "Mission: Impossible III" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood May 4, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>