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Patrick Swayze, Keith Floyd and Mary Travis Rest In Peace

Updated on October 2, 2018
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It is sad to see the celebrities and stars of our youth pass away. It acts as a reminder that life is transient even for the rich and famous

Dirty Dancing

Quintessential Swayze doing those moves
Quintessential Swayze doing those moves | Source

Sad News This Week

The week commencing Monday, September 14th, 2009 was a strange week as far as news is concerned.

There have been the usual reports of murder, assault, and mayhem but the celebrity world has had to say a last farewell to three of its once shining stars.

The death of three celebrities from various corners of the entertainment world has been reported and they died on the 14th, 15th and 16th September respectively starting with the youngest first.

Whether or not you deem them to be celebrities, of course, is up to you.

In fact, depending on your age and where you live in the world you may not have even heard of some of them.

However here are the three who died and were reported in varying degrees by news agencies in the United Kingdom.

May they all rest in peace.

Patrick Swayze

Monday, September 14th, 2009 - Patrick Swayze

For most people, but especially women, Patrick Swayze is most memorable for his roles as Sam Wheat in Ghost and as Johnnie Castle in Dirty Dancing.

Both of these films are relatively light entertainment with a touch of humor but Patrick Swayze added a special touch of his own.

In Dirty Dancing Patrick's beautifully toned body and fabulous dancing feet brought what was, in reality, a cheap B rated movie into the realms of a classic.

Dirty Dancing still has a huge fan-base though it was initially released in 1987

Sadly in the period before his death, Patrick was more well known for his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer.

He fought this battle with dignity and much bravery.

However, Patrick finally lost his battle with this cancer on September 14th, 2009 and died aged 57.

Classic Swayze in Dirty Dancing

Celebrity Chef Keith Floyd

September 15th, 2009 - Keith Floyd

Keith Floyd was a well known, somewhat eccentric, British celebrity chef.

Floyd was diagnosed with bowel cancer in June 2009 but actually died of a heart attack on September 15th, 2009.

His love of food remained until the end and there are reports that his last meal on this earth included oysters, partridge, and quirky and flamboyant character.

Floyd had a rather upper-crust English accent but managed to have fans from all walks of life. His eccentricity, however, meant that he also had as many viewers who did not like him.

Usually seen with a glass or bottle in his hand Floyd definitely loved alcohol which probably was his downfall.

Floyd became famous in the 1980s and many modern British chefs such as Jamie Oliver credit Floyd as their inspiration

Keith Floyd died aged 65.

Classic cookery TV

Mary Travis Of Peter, Paul and Mary Fame

September 16th, 2009 - Mary Allin Travers

Mary Allin Travis was a famous singer in the 1960s.

She was the glamorous blond haired woman who sang alongside two rather staid-looking guys.

The three of them were known as Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Probably younger readers will not have heard of this trio but that is a shame as they were pretty good in their day.

The most famous hit that Peter, Paul, and Mary had, worldwide, was "Leaving on a Jet Plane", although they had other notable hits.

At a time when folk music was popular, these three often seemed a little out of sync with the times. After all, for teenagers such as me, Bob Dylan and rebellion was the order of the day. Not glamorous blonds although of course, most young guys loved Mary.

Mary passed away this week after losing her battle with Leukemia. She was aged 72.

Peter, Paul and Mary


© 2009 Ethel Smith


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