The Beast star is home after a brief hospitalization for pneumonia

By Julie Jordan and Brian Orloff
Updated January 16, 2009 08:50 PM

Patrick Swayze has been released from the hospital, his rep confirms.

“I am happy to announce that Patrick Swayze is home after a brief hospitalization for pneumonia,” his rep Annett Wolf tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Swayze, 56, checked himself into the hospital for observation on Jan. 9 after revealing he had pneumonia, canceling his appearance at the Television Critics Association press event to promote his new A&E series, The Beast, which premiered Jan. 15.

The actor is battling pancreatic cancer but says his spirit is strong.

“I am alive and plan on continuing to stay that way,” he told PEOPLE recently.

Swayze is back home, resting with wife Lisa, 52. “I admire everything imaginable [about Patrick],” she told PEOPLE recently, “especially his courage, strength and humor.”