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Patsy Swayze, actor's mother, dies at 86

The mother of actor Patrick Swayze died Monday night in Simi Valley, Calif.
Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Sept. 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM   |   Comments

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Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Patsy Swayze, the mother of the late actor Patrick Swayze, died Monday in California at the age of 86.

The Houston native was a dance instructor and a choreographer, whose training and dance expertise helped catapult her son to his "Dirty Dancing" fame, suffered a stroke September 8.

Her surviving son, Don, and other family members, were by her side Monday night when she died.

Best known for choreographing for films such as "Urban Cowboy," "Hope Floats" and "Liar's Moon," Swayze directed a dance studio in Simi Valley, Calif., where she moved her family after she achieved success in Hollywood.

Among her students: Broadway star Tommy Tune, Randy Quaid, "Fame" director Debbie Allen and all five of her children.

Swayze died two days after the anniversary of Patrick Swayze's 2009 death from pancreatic cancer.

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