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Patrick Swayze Tried to Save Chris Farley

May 27, 2005 | 12:12pm EDT

Patrick Swayze desperately tried to save tragic funnyman Chris Farley's life the night before the heavyweight star accidentally overdosed.

Swayze and Farley became unlikely friends when they teamed up for a famous dancing skit on comedy show Saturday Night Live, and the actor knew the comic was headed for a tragedy - but could do nothing about it.

Swayze recalls, "Chris and I got to be really close. It broke my heart when he died. "I actually saw him the night before he died and I tried to talk to him but he was in that kind of moment, gone, not here.

"That's the scary part about stardom; it can take you down dark places... You're paid to go to these dark places and you should have guidance to go there.

"You use characters to try to work your way through it but when you come out on the other side you're a much bigger person hopefully."

Farley died in 1997 at the age of 33.

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