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Patrick Swayze's Widow Shines New Light on the Actor's Struggles in Candid Documentary Film

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There's no denying that Patrick Swayze was an incredibly talented performer. The actor, singer, and dancer passed away in 2009, but his legacy very much lives on through his work. 

Patrick's life wasn't as breezy and glamorous as it seemed, though. In the documentary film I Am Patrick Swayze, the star's widow, Lisa Niemi, speaks candidly about his struggles in and out of the spotlight. 

Was Patrick Swayze an alcoholic? How did he deal with the pressures of fame? Here's what you need to know. 

Was Patrick Swayze an alcoholic? 

Patrick spoke candidly about his ongoing battle with substance addiction. In his posthumously published memoir, Time of My Life, the actor wrote (via Entertainment Weekly) that he drank "copious amounts of alcohol" for almost 10 years after his father's death.

He sought treatment for alcohol addiction in 1993. He relapsed in 2003, and his wife moved out of their shared home until he agreed to get help again.