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Lady GaGa Rules Facebook!

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Not surprising!

Facebook released a list of the most commonly used words and themes in users' status updates for 2009 and our precious Lady GaGa was mentioned so much that she got her own category!

"She was virtually unmentioned until November of 2008 and spiked in mentions of her name in September 2009," said Facebook data scientist Lars Backstrom.

Facebook data scientist? How do you get that job?

Other big mentions for 2009 were the deaths of Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Billy Mays, the H1N1 virus and the Farmville application.

We think GaGa will keep it up in 2010!

[Image via WENN.]

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Patrick Swayze's Ashes To Be Spread Over New Mexico Ranch By His Wife

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Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi is preparing to spread her husband's ashes over their New Mexico ranch and grant his last wishes.

During a small ceremony, sometime before Christmas with Patrick's mother and brother present, Lisa plans to spread the ashes over an area where Patrick would often sit and watch his horses.

An insider reveals that this will be difficult for Lisa to do, but she wants to honor his final request. The insider says:

"Part of her was afraid that by dispersing his ashes, she'll lose that bond. The idea of saying a final good-bye was eating her up inside.

Lisa knows that Patrick absolutely would not want his remains 'in a jar on a shelf somewhere,' as he put it. He wanted to be in the place that he loved the most — outdoors on his ranch."

So sad.

[Image via Judy Eddy / WENN.]

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Patrick Swayze's Widow Speaks

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As we previously mentioned, Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, spoke at a roundtable discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience at the Women's Conference in Long Beach on Tuesday.

Equipped with incredible strength, Lisa described loss as "an animal all of its own" and that her sadness could be felt "on a cellular level."

And considering they were married for 34 years, we are amazed and applaud her for being ready to talk only six weeks after his passing. It must have been cathartic for her!

"When the grief takes you, it's like your body is not your own," she said of her process. "I'm just going with the flow. I know I have to go through it."

But, it's her closest friends that have helped her in the most difficult times!

"I have a few girlfriends that are just amazing. They have made themselves available to me 24/7. They say, 'We don't care if it's 2 in the morning, call me'," said Niemi. "I was in the middle of a full-blown panic attack one evening … and I picked up the phone and called one, which is really hard for me to do because I'm used to being so self-sufficient and taking care of myself, but the very act of picking the phone up to call someone helped to calm me."

And she refuses to lose hope!

"I've spent two thirds of my life with him … My regret is that I didn't tell him that I loved him enough over that entire 34 years," she continued as her voice began to shake. "I am so grateful for what I had and my connection to him, and part of me believes that I will see him again and I'm just going to have to go on until then."


Stay strong, bb!

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Patrick Swayze's Widow To Appear At Women's Conference

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It's only been six weeks since the passing of the beloved actor and dancer Patrick Swayze. And though we are sure his wife, Lisa Niemi, is still grieving, she has decided to do something very special to help others like herself.

Lisa is slated to appear at the Women's Conference in Long Beach, CA, next Tuesday to participate in a round-table discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience.

She will be joined on the panel by Elizabeth Edwards and Susan St. James, both of whom suffered the loss of children in accidents and host Maria Shriver, who just this past summer lost her mother Eunice Shriver and uncle Ted Kennedy.

We're sure it will be an emotional yet uplifting event for all.

[Image via WENN.]

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Glee In Real Life!

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The completely adorable Matthew Morrison of Glee was spotted out singing karaoke in a sushi bar in Hawaii over the weekend.

He was there with a couple friends and his Hawaiian girlfriend, dedicating his performance to the late Patrick Swayze.


Thanks to Perezcious reader Courtney for the pics!

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Remembering Patrick Swayze

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Friends and family gathered for a private memorial service honoring the life of Patrick Swayze in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Guests entering the Sony Studios lot where the service was held, were greeted by a Patrick's white horse, with boots in the stir-ups facing backwards. A source reveals that it is an "old horseman tradition."

Then, the several hundred attendees, which included Ghost co-star Whoopi Goldberg, were able to few many photos of Patrick, a video tribute to his life, and an "amazing" dancing tribute by professional dancers.

Sounds like a wonderful way to honor a wonderful man.

[Image via WENN.]

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A Swayze Memorial/Benefit - This Weekend!

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This Sunday, a private memorial will be held for the late Patrick Swayze.

The benefit will take place at Sony Studios in Culver City, California.

Donations will be made to either "Stanford University: The Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund" or to "Stand Up to Cancer".

Hopefully a lot of donations will be made.

Every dollar helps!

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