Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey has paid tribute to her late co-star Patrick Swayze – who has died following a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer.

She said: “Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace – gorgeous and strong, he was a real cowboy with a tender heart.”

Patrick, 57, had continued working after being told that he was ill – acting in FBI drama The Beast and writing his memoirs with his wife.

Grey added: “He was fearless and insisted on always doing his own stunts, so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified.”

As well as 1987’s Dirty Dancing, Patrick starred in film Ghost with Whoopi Goldberg in 1990.

Goldberg said: “Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can’t ever repay. I believe in Ghost’s message, so he’ll always be near.”