06/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Patrick Swayze Alive And Well, Photo Proves

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But for Patrick Swayze just two will do - I'm alive.

And it's clear what cancer-stricken Swayze, 56, is trying to convey as he sits smiling alongside wife Lisa Niemi and their dogs, poodle Lucas and Rhodesian ridgeback puppy Kumasai, at their ranch in New Mexico.

The picture, taken last week, was released after a wave of false rumours that Swayze had died.

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