Dirty Dancing Co-Star Jennifer Grey Mourns Patrick Swayze

Jennifer Grey, who co-starred in the romantic classic Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze, will never forget floating in his arms while shooting for the film. Patrick Swayze died Monday at the age of 57 after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.

Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

“When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see,” Grey said in a press statement after Swayze’s death on Monday.

Grey called Patrick Swayze a “real cowboy with a tender heart” and said he was a “rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace… so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified.”

“My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family,” Grey said.

Swayze and Grey’s performances in Dirty Dancing catapulted both actors to stardom and the 1987 film became a romantic coming-of-age cult classic.