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Patrick Swayze Hospitalized

1/9/2009 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Patrick Swayze has checked himself into the hospital after he came down with pneumonia.

Swayze was supposed to take part in a presentation for his show, "The Beast" -- but when he couldn't make it, the president of the A&E network informed reporters about the situation, at Patrick's request.

"He asked us specifically to go forward with today's panel. We wish him the very best with his recovery."

Swayze revealed last year that he is battling pancreatic cancer.

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