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TCA Press Tour: Patrick Swayze hospitalized

January 9, 2009 | 12:11 pm

Patrick Swayze, who has been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, has checked into the hospital.

Swayze was supposed to appear on a panel here at the Television Critics Assn. Press Tour to promote his new A&E show, "The Beast." But when introducing the panel, Abbe Raven, A&E's president and CEO, made the announcement that Swayze has pneumonia as a result of the chemotherapy treatments he has been receiving.

Bob DeBitetto, the channel's executive vice president and general manager, said: "He thanks everybody for the outpouring of support. We hope to see him back on his feet very soon."

This week, Swayze appeared on "20/20" in an interview with Barbara Walters, his first television appearance since he was diagnosed with the often deadly cancer last March. He told Walters that statistically, he might have two years left to live. He blamed his smoking habit for the cancer.

"You can bet that I'm going through hell," Swayze told Walters of his treatment. "And I've only seen the beginning of it."

-- Kate Aurthur

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