Patrick Swayze passed away on Sept. 14, 2009, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, but his memory as a Hollywood icon has not been forgotten. Not only are remakes of iconic Swayze films like 'Point Break' and 'Dirty Dancing' in the works (fingers crossed for 'Ghost' as well), but a new wax statue of the star was unveiled this week at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, immortalizing one of Swayze's most famous onscreen moments: his 'Dirty Dancing' log walk. Swayze's wife Lisa Niemi was on hand to debut the statue Wednesday night, and -- in a somewhat surprising twist -- even struck a pose opposite the wax figure, a la Jennifer Grey in the hit 1987 film.
"It became clear to me that someone had put a lot of love into this, for a man I loved so very much," Niemi said of the statue, which she thought captured her late husband's "confident but mischievous look."

Niemi especially liked the way Swayze was posed, balancing on the famous 'Dirty Dancing' log. "Come and be fearless with me," she said of what her late husband might be thinking. "Go out there on a limb. Just trust. Don't look down. Take a chance in whatever you do."

Kenny Ortega, who is directing the remake of 'Dirty Dancing' was also present at the unveiling.

Check out a gallery of stills from the event below.

[via People]

[Photo: Getty Images]


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