It’s been 10 years since actor Patrick Swayze succumbed to pancreatic most cancers at age 57 however his widow, Lisa Niemi Swayze nonetheless honors his spirit every single day.
“I still feel like he’s in my life,” she tells PEOPLE solely on this week’s problem. “When you move past the extreme pain of losing someone you love, you actually become close in a different way.”
Now the star is being remembered in a brand new documentary on Paramount Community, I Am Patrick Swayze. From his beloved roles in 1987’s Soiled Dancing and 1990’s Ghost to his passions together with dancing and horses, Swayze was decided to dwell life to the fullest. In the long run, “he showed himself to be a true hero in how he approached his disease,” says Lisa, 63, who married the actor in 1975. “The amount of lovingness and kindness, I saw wisdom in him that was beyond anything I’d seen before.”
For extra about Swayze, choose up this week’s problem of PEOPLE, on stands Friday.
When Swayze took his final breath on Sept. 14, 2009 on the couple’s ranch north of L.A., Lisa was by his facet. She positioned a single white rose on his chest and an amulet above him over the mattress whereas his favourite horse, a white stallion named Roh, was delivered to the home to see his grasp one final time.
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“He’s still in my dreams,” she says of Swayze. “In the beginning you kind of think the pain is going to help you hold on to them, and it doesn’t. But I haven’t lost him, and that was my fear.” She’s grateful for the documentary as a result of it permits individuals “to remember Patrick. Because he so deserves it.”
A decade after the actor’s dying, Lisa, who lives primarily in Florida, has moved on, marrying jeweler Albert DePrisco in 2014. However she believes she will nonetheless sense Swayze’s presence.
“I was driving down the road, and Emmylou Harris’s version of ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ was playing on the radio, and I really got that he’s just on the other side,” she says. “Almost so close I could touch him.”
She additionally has little question they’ll be reunited in dying. “Yeah. He’ll be waiting for me,” she says softly. “And that’s a wonderful thing.”
I Am Patrick Swayze, produced by Derik Murray of Community Leisure and directed by Adrian Buitenhuis, premieres on Aug. 18, which might have been Swayze’s 67th birthday, on Paramount Community.