In a press statement, Eleanor Bergstein — writer of both the screen and stage incarnations of Dirty Dancing — and the cast and crew, said, "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." Swayze did not appear in the stage version, but when it first opened at the Aldwych Theatre in October 2006, he was making his West End debut as Natahn Detroit in Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre.
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