Patrick Swayze, Ghost

Paramount Pictures

Hollywood has lost another one of its own. And although this star made us believe in ghosts at one time, we know that Patrick Swayze is no longer of this world.

And his friends and colleagues are extraordinarily saddened by that fact.

"Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can't ever repay. I believe in Ghost's message, so he'll always be near," Whoopi Goldberg, who channeled the spirit of Swayze's murdered banker in the 1990 film and won an Oscar for it, said in a statement today.

"Patrick lived a hundred lifetimes in one," Rob Lowe, who costarred in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders, told People. "I will remember him for that, and I will remember him for how much he loved his wife Lisa. He was such an intense actor, so full of passion and vigor. He definitely made the most out of it. It's a sad day."

"I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick," added fellow Outsider C. Thomas Howell, who costarred alongside Swayze several times.

"While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day. Not only did we lose a fine actor today, I lost my older Outsiders brother. My heart goes out to not only his entire family, but all his fans as well."

The Outsiders

Warner Bros. Entertainment

"Patrick Swayze was a kindred spirit and a spiritual brother of mine," offered Gary Busey, who played Keanu Reeves' partner in the cult-classic caper Point Break. "His focus was center target and his purpose was with faith, kindness, grace, understanding, and love. Patrick Swayze's book of life will never be over because he's moved on to the spiritual plateau where life is forever."

Those who worked with Swayze more recently feel just as lucky to have known him.

"He was an inspiration, a gentleman and I was blessed to have worked with him and even more blessed to have called him my friend," said The Beast costar Travis Fimmel. "My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Lisa and their family."

Swayze had already been diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer that took ultimately his life when he started shooting the A&E drama, which ran for one season.

"We are saddened by the loss of one of our generation's greatest talents and a member of the A&E family," the network said in a statement. "Patrick's work on The Beast was an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Lisa and his entire family during this difficult time."

And whether they knew the 57-year-old actor or had just worn out their copies of Dirty Dancing with repeat viewings, plenty of celebs had kind words for the late star.

"Awww RIP Patrick Swayze. He was such a fighter! He doesn't have to be in pain anymore," twittered Jordin Sparks, who wasn't even born when DD hit theaters in 1987.

"Patrick Swayze. An inspiration to all," wrote Billy Ray Cyrus. A great man and your work will live forever. May God be with you and your loved ones......... Amen."

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