Patrick Swayze accompanied by his wife Lisa Niemi pose prior to the premiere of his film
Patrick Swayze accompanied by his wife Lisa Niemi pose prior to the premiere of his film "Keeping Mum" in central London in 2005. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) AAP

Swayze texts beyond the grave

PATRICK Swayze's widow still texts her late husband.

Lisa Niemi - who admits she has struggled to come to terms with life without the actor who died of cancer aged 57 last September - has continued her tradition of texting him before boarding a flight.

She told People magazine: "I just put what I always did, 'I love you'. And then I cry for a little bit to myself.

"It didn't come back. So either somewhere out there he received it, or someone's going, 'Somebody loves me!' And you know what? I figured it was a win-win situation."

Lisa - who was married to the 'Dirty Dancing' star for 34 years - has also spoke about her difficult decision to bring Patrick home to die and how she struggled not to "freak out".

She explained: "It was tough. It was just my sense of that's what he might have wanted.

"I like to think he knew I was there. I was always afraid I'd freak out. To have your soul mate leave you, it was definitely overwhelming, but at the same time I knew he was in a better place because he had used every ounce of that body."

It was also a struggle for Lisa to stay positive after the death of her husband's favourite horse - a white stallion named Kuhaylan Roh - this summer.

She said: "I just have to think, Patrick must have needed his horse."

Despite her grief, 54-year-old Lisa - who is planning to appear on the 'Stand Up To Cancer' TV benefit to help generate funds for research towards a cure - is slowly adjusting to life without her husband.

She said: "I know he wanted me to be OK. And I am stronger now. The fact that I've had some good days definitely gives me hope that I can have more."



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