Swayze left legacy with fans, dance professionals

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - He charmed and danced his way into our hearts.

"His soul is in it in his dancing so that's what makes it so special," said Boots Walker.

"He had a little boyishness about him but at the same time he had a real strong sex appeal obviously and could he dance, oh my gosh!" said Linda Crocker.

He also proved to be a well-rounded actor. A fear of becoming type-cast led him to try a range of roles.

Some fans loved his action-packed movies, but it was the romantic roles, and his tender charisma that female fans couldn't get enough of.

With real-life soul mate Lisa Hiemi by his side, Swayze remained optimistic.

"I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer, but in the light," Swayze said shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer.

He battled pancreatic cancer for 20 months.

"I think he probably lasted a lot longer than a lot of other people did just because of the will he had," said Crocker.

"It's very sad," said Virginia Harrison. "He was very brave during the last two years."

As for his legacy, dance instructor Sal Landeros says Swayze gave the dance industry "the lift" it needed.

"He brought it back into the studios and because of him it made a lot of money," said Landeros. "It actually brought a lot of couples back together again."

"We all respond to music," said Swayze in a past interview. "There are rhythms that exist in us that only we can hear. I just something happens where I just get tingly I just I get short of breath."

It's an effect his fans will feel even after his time ran up at the young age of 57.

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