Dennis Hopper Dies At 74
First Published: May 29, 2010 2:15 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Dennis Hopper died at his Venice, Calif., home on Saturday, his estranged wife, Victoria Hopper, confirmed to Access Hollywood.
The Hollywood legend was 74.
He was surrounded by all of his children at the time of his death, Victoria told Access.
The star had quietly battled prostate cancer for over nine years, with the disease taking a turn for the worst in recent months.
In March, a frail Dennis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where he was introduced by Viggo Mortensen and honored by his “Easy Rider” co-star, Jack Nicholson.
At the time of his death, the actor was still engaged in a bitter divorce battle with Victoria, after filing for divorce in January.
According to court papers released in March, Dennis was too ill to undergo questioning in the legal proceedings.
In April, a judge ruled Victoria and the couple’s 7-year-old daughter could live on the actor’s property as the star continued his health battle.
According to judge Amy Pellman, it was important both sides came together during what was thought to be the actor’s final days.
In November 2009, Dennis attended the Breeders’ Cup in support of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, and told The Associated Press that he had begun an experimental new treatment through the University of Southern California.
“It has great promise,” he said at the time. “Everything’s good right now.”
His six-decade Hollywood career concluded with a two-season run on the television version of “Crash.”
The star, an Oscar nominee for his co-written script of 1969’s “Easy Rider” (which he also directed and starred in) and as a supporting actor in “Hoosiers,” was also famous for such films as “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Blue Velvet.”
In addition to his film and television career, Dennis was an avid artist and photographer whose work was compiled in the 2009 book, “Dennis Hopper: Photographs, 1961 – 1967.”
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