Vickie Lynn Swayze

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performance artist and dancer (1948)
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Vickie Lynn Swayze was an American performance artist and dancer born on June 6, 1949, in Houston, Texas, United States. She was famous among the public as the older sister of the late American actor Patrick Swayze who had a tragic death on September 14, 2009, due to pancreatic cancer. 

Moreover, she was also known as the sister of American character actor Don Swayze. Keep reading to know more about the personal and professional life of Vickie and her family.

What Was The Reason For Vickie Early Death?

Vickie was born in 1949 and had her last breath on December 2, 1994, at her house in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States. At the time of her demise, she was just 45 years old.

Although she was not young, she couldn't be considered old either. Her death was neither due to disease nor an accident. She left the world due to a pills overdose.

Jump! actor's sister suffered from depression since her forties and started taking pills to overcome her depression. However, taking pills became her habit, and she got severely addicted. Later resulting in her tragic death.

Had Four Siblings  

Vickie Lynn Swayze was the first child of her parents. Apart from her, her father and mother had four more children: Patrick, Don, Bambi, and Sean Kyle Swayze.

Photo of Vickie Lynn Swayze along with her parents and three young brothers and a sister.
Photo of Vickie Lynn Swayze along with her parents and three young brothers and a sister. Image Source: The Little Facts

Apart from her youngest brother Sean Kyle, all her siblings are celebrities in the entertainment industry. His brother, Patrick, and Don are well-known actors and dancers in the movie industry. 

Her sister, Bambi, is renowned for her role as Melinda in the 2003 movie One Last Dance.

Had a Positive Impact On Patrick

Before the death of Vickie Lynn Swayze, Patrick used to consume alcohol and was severely addicted to it. However, due to her elder sister's sudden death, he swore never to touch alcohol again.

Moreover, he also had many positive changes in his personality. Patrick supported his mother and other siblings during times of hardship. Things weren't going well with Vickie's family at the time. 

Who Is Patrick Swayze?

As mentioned earlier, Patrick was a famous American actor and dancer well known for performances in Dirty Dancing and Ghost. He was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas, United States as the second child of his parents. 

He started his acting career with a role in a comedy movie, Skatetown U.S.A., where he portrayed the role of Ace Johnson. Following it, he appeared in fifty-two films and TV series of different genres. 

Some of his notable works are Dirty Dancing: Havana NightsGeorge and the DragonThe Beast, and Road House.

Vickie Lynn Swayze brother, Patrick Swayze posing for an photoshoot.
Vickie Lynn Swayze's brother, Patrick Swayze posing for a photoshoot. Image Source: CNN

Apart from acting, Patrick also produced the movie One Last Dance. He was a very talented actor and was well-recognized by the entire movie industry. 

However, he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2008 and searched for various medicines and methods to overcome his illness. Despite all his attempts, he died due to his uncurable illness.

About Vickie Parents

Vickie Lynn Swayze was born in a well-to-do family as the daughter of Jesse Wayne Swayze, father, and Patsy Yvonne Helen Swayze, mother. 

Her mother, Jesse was an American film choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor. She was born on February 7, 1927, in Harris County, Texas, United States, and took her last breath on September 16, 2013, in Simi Valley, California.

Vickie Lynn Swayze along with her father Jesse Wayne Swayze and Patsy Yvonne Helen Swayze and two siblings.
Vickie Lynn Swayze along with her father Jesse Wayne Swayze and Patsy Yvonne Helen Swayze and two siblings. Image Source: Daily Mail

Likewise, her father, Pasty, was an Engineering drafter who completed his studies at San Jacinto College: Central Campus. He was born in 1925 in Wichita Falls, Texas, United States, and died in Simi Valley, California, on November 2, 1982.

Was Vickie Married?

Vickie Lynn Swayze was in a married relationship with Arthur R Peden. She tied the knot with her husband on April 21, 1974.

Vickie and Arthur were a lovely couple and had a great feeling for each other. During their 20 years of marriage relationship, they never had a significant dispute.

More importantly, Arthur supported his wife during the most challenging time of her life and was with her until her demise.

Was Patrick Swayze a Millionaire?

Patrick Swayze died a tragic death due to the fourth stage of pancreatic cancer, and he lived a very luxurious before his death. At the time of his demise, he had a total net worth of $40 million

He had earned this enormous net worth from his professional career as an actor and producer. During his thirty-year acting career, he appeared in a total of fifty-two movies and TV series of different genres. 

Although Patrick spent a considerable sum of money on his treatment for cancer, it did not affect his net worth that much. His huge net worth included his real estate of millions, bank balance, and other assets.

After his demise, most of his assets went to his beloved wife, Lisa Niemi. In 2015, Lisa sold the estate of Patrick in San Fernando Valley at the overwhelming price of $2.9 million

Patrick Married Relationship

Patrick Swayze has been in a married relationship with Lisa Niemi since 1975. Lisa is an American writer, dancer, choreographer, actress, and director.

The former married couple dated each other for several years before their marriage relationship. Finally, on June 12, 1975, the couple tied the knot in a huge wedding ceremony in the presence of their family members and friends.

Patrick Swayze and his former wife Lisa Niemi posing for a photoshoot.
Patrick Swayze and his former wife Lisa Niemi posing for a photoshoot. Image Source: Smooth Radio

The couple stayed in a married relationship for more than 35 years, despite having never had children. Although they both wanted to be parents, deep in their hearts, they could not.

During an interview, Lisa stated:

Both of us loved kids and always intended to have kids. I did become pregnant, but I had a miscarriage. Who knew that miscarriages were as painful as they are, emotionally painful? It was very heartbreaking.

After suffering from a miscarriage, the couple again tried but did not get any results. Five years after the death of her husband, Lisa again got married for the second time to an American actor and Jeweler Albert DePrisco. They tied the knot in a grand wedding ceremony held on May 25, 2014, at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, United States.

 

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