Suzanne Somers: Chemotherapy, Not Cancer, Killed Patrick Swayze

Friday, Sep 18, 2009  |  Updated 7:00 PM CDT
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Suzanne Somers: Chemotherapy, Not Cancer, Killed Patrick Swayze

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Patrick Swayze wrote touching words to his wife in a memoir due out Sept. 29.

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Actress Suzanne Somers claims chemotherapy killed actor Patrick Swayze.

In a new interview with Toronto's National Post, Somers – a former cancer survivor – reportedly blames Swayze's course of treatment — and not his disease — for taking the "Dirty Dancing" star's life.

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"They took this beautiful man and they basically put poison in him," Somers told National Post columnist Shinan Govani. "Why couldn't they have built him up nutritionally and gotten rid of the toxins in his body?"

In 2001, the former "Three's Company" actress revealed she was battling breast cancer. However, after having surgery to remove the lump followed by radiation treatment, she refused chemotherapy against the advice of her doctors in favor of alternative treatment.

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"I hate to be this controversial," Somers continued. "I'm a singer-dancer-comedienne. But we have an epidemic going on, and I have to say it."

Swayze announced he was battling pancreatic cancer in March 2008. He died on September 14, 2009 at the age of 57.

Following his death, the actor's body was cremated, according to his death certificate obtained by Access Hollywood.

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