Patrick Swayze

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Sad announcement just made at the Television Critics Association 2009 Winter Press Tour: "Patrick Swayze checked himself into the hospital this morning for observation after coming down with pneumonia." The pneuomia is said to be a complication of chemotherapy treatments for Swayze's cancer.

Swayze was scheduled to join costar Travis Fimmel and producers in presenting A&E's new drama The Beast to critics.

According to A&E reps, Patrick specifically asked that the show go on and that they pass along a message from him about how "unbelievably proud" he is of the work they've done so far on The Beast.

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