Patrick Swayze, one of a handful of famous Hollywood types from Houston, has been sick for a long time.
Today, rumors started coursing throughout the Internet and Twitter and whatever that the end had finally come.
A Florida radio station also reportedly announced the death (the station denies it); a Houstonian says a story was briefly up on the CNN website but later retracted.
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Update: Here's the publicist's denial.