Patrick Swayze is slamming the National Enquirer and other media outlets for reporting what he calls “inaccurate” details about him nearing “the end” of his battle with cancer.
The actor, 56, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, has continuously tackled the Enquirer and other media outlets for printing what he has dismissed as little more than negative rumors.
On Wednesday, the Enquirer ran several photos of the Ghost actor appearing gaunt on the front cover of the magazine under the headline “The End.”
Counteracting the report, Swayze spoke out to People magazine, saying, “It's amazing to me that the tabloids such as the National Enquirer print such negative stories about me and my health when there are so many positive things going on in my life right now. I've started a new chemotherapy and, once again, I am one of the lucky ones with pancreatic cancer that is responding well to the treatment.
"I am starting work on my new book, in addition to enjoying the fantastic response from everyone on my A&E series The Beast.
"I hope in the future, the press will think twice about printing inaccuracies and painting an unpleasant picture when I have so much to be thankful for at this time."
Swayze has been praised for his strength and determination in the battle against the deadly form of cancer, which was discovered after his doctors found a malignant tumor in his midsection and a small mass on his liver. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. In it’s advanced stages, pancreatic cancer can prove fatal in a matter of months, but the star has responded well to treatment.
His recovery has been described as miraculous, although he referred to his battle as “hell on wheels.” In an interview with Barbara Walters earlier this year, Swayze admitted to being scared and asking “why me?”
Still, he has continued his work on the critically acclaimed television series “The Beast,” and proclaimed that “there’s more” he wants to do.