Patrick Swayze was the film star that a whole generation of women will remember for saying "no one puts Baby in a corner..." and wishing they were Baby.
Swayze finally lost his two-year battle with pancreatic cancer last night and passed away peacefully in LA.
His Dirty Dancing co-star Jennifer Grey was one of the many stars who have paid tribute to him today. In a statement, Jennifer said: "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."
Demi Moore left a tribute on her twitter page, referencing their parts in Ghost, where Patrick played her murdered husband "and in the words of Sam to Molly. "It's amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you." I love and will miss you Patrick."
Whoopi Goldberg who also starred with Swayze in Ghost said: "Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can't ever repay."
Patrick's other film credits include cult movie Donnie Darko, the hit 1991 film Point Break in which he starred alongside Keanu Reeves as a lawless surfer. It was a role that lead to him being voted by People magazine as the 'Sexiest Man Alive.'
In his early career he has a starring part in The Outsiders and starred in American Civil War drama North and South.
His Outsiders co-star Rob Lowe said: "He played my brother twice, in The Outsiders when I was 17 and then in Youngblood. Tonight I lost a brother."
Lowe also commented on Patrick's love of life and his wife, his childhood sweetheart Lisa Niemi. "He was an expert dancer, he wrote hit songs, he starred in hit movies he was an amazing horseman.
"But the thing I will remember him most for was his amazing love affair with his wife Lisa."
By Pat McNulty