Hollywood star Patrick Swayze was honoured last night with one minute’s silence at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End.

Before the evening performance of Dirty Dancing at the theatre, a minute’s silence was held as a tribute to the star, who died on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Swayze starred in the hit 1987 film Dirty Dancing alongside Jennifer Grey, and became an international star.

This was followed by his role in blockbuster movie Ghost, which is also set to become a West End musical in 2010 with music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and direction by Matthew Warchus.

The creator and writer of both the movie and the stage show Eleanor Bergstein said in a statement: “The cast and crew of Dirty Dancing join the loving fans of Patrick Swayze all over the world in shock and sorrow at the loss of a great artist and a courageous man. We are grateful for the inspiration his great spirit has given to us. We send our deepest condolences to his family.”

His stage career included roles in Grease and Chicago on Broadway and as Nathan Detroit in 2006 West End production of Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Patrick Wayne Swayze, August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009


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