Swayze Goes Home to Die: Tab

Actor's bodily functions reportedly shutting down
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2009 10:55 AM CDT
In this image released by WKT Public Relations, Patrick Swayze, left, and his wife Lisa Niemi pose with their dogs at their ranch in New Mexico on May 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/WKT Public Relations, Brian Braff)
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(Newser) – Patrick Swayze has left the hospital and gone home to die in his own bed, the National Enquirer reports. Despite the actor's strong will to live, he has reportedly suffered multiple setbacks in his battle with pancreatic cancer, including a mild heart attack and an ongoing intestinal infection, and now often requires a wheelchair and oxygen. "Patrick's bodily functions appear to be shutting down," a Swayze family source said.

The source claimed that Swayze recently told wife Lisa Niemi, "I refuse to die in a hospital room. I'll go on my own terms—in our home and in my own bed." Swayze cannot visit his beloved New Mexico ranch because he has to stay close to medical care, and though he is in "constant pain" at his Los Angeles home, "he refuses to give in."