Private memorial for Swayze

MOURNERS at a private memorial for Patrick Swayze were greeted by a lone white horse on Sunday.

MOURNERS at a private memorial for Patrick Swayze were greeted by a lone white horse on Sunday.

The animal was one of the Dirty Dancing star's personal favourites and was saddled and caparisoned - fitted with the rider's cowboy boots facing backward in the stirrups - in tribute to the horse-loving late actor.

A source said: "It's an old horse - man tradition."

Several mourners, including Whoopi Goldberg, arrived at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, to celebrate the life of Swayze - who died of pancreatic cancer on September 14 - in an event organised by his wife Lisa Niemi.

The event included a video tribute, speeches, photographs of the actor and dance routines.

Another source said: "A whole dance floor was built. The dancers did these amazing numbers."

Sawyze was cremated on September 17 and his ashes are being held at his lawyer's office, according to his death certificate. It is understood the remains will stay at the office until Swayze's wife Lisa arranges for them to be moved, and she is expected to scatter his remains at their New Mexico ranch. - Bang

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