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Five years after he lost his courageous battle with cancer, civil war has erupted among the family of Hollywood megastar Patrick Swayze amid explosive charges that a forged signature was used.

The National ENQUIRER has learned a “surprise” will was filed in a New Mexico court on August 7 in a move that blindsided some of the “Dirty Dancing” star’s relatives.

The four-page document, obtained exclusively by The ENQUIRER, left Patrick’s entire estate – estimated at $40 million – to widow Lisa Niemi, 58.

The will is signed “Patrick Swayze” and was executed on July 27, 2009, in Lake View Terrace, Calif., where the star had a ranch.

But the actor was hospitalized at the time – two months before his death – according to a family friend, who believes Patrick was not able to sign the will!

“He was very sick, emaciated and high on an anti-seizure drug – Dilantin – and 10 different medications,” said the seething pal. “Patrick was barely coherent!”

Now the family fears foul play, after a world-renowned handwriting expert’s claims.

The ENQUIRER commissioned Peggy Walla, a Texas-based forensic document and handwriting examiner, to investigate the will’s validity.

“It is highly unlikely that the same person signed the will,” Peggy said after comparing the signature in dispute to three other autographs Patrick signed on memorabilia.

“It just does not look like a natural signature.”

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