To those of you who might be thinking, "It wasn't that long," although I agree with you that he left us way too soon, pancreatic cancer is an aggressive cancer, and Swayze's nearly two-year long fight after his diagnosis is a triumph to medical science and his own iron will.
As a teenager, I fell in love, as so many of us girls did, with Swayze's Dirty Dancing character, Johnny, and the whole romantic scene: a teen girl, a summer vacation, learning to dance with this sexy older guy who then falls in love with her.
Didn't we all want to be Baby? Didn't we all want to be rescued from that corner?
Swayze and his wife, who is also an incredible dancer and appeared in Dirty Dancing with him, Lisa Niemi, were married for 34 years. In Hollywood.
If that doesn't tell you all you need to know about how well-grounded and strong a man he really was, what will?
Mourning his passing, I am reminded of, and comforted by this line from his movie with Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost:
"The love inside? You take it with you."