Actor Dennis Hopper has died. The veteran actor, known for his icon role in Easy Rider as well as memorable roles in Blue Velvet, Hoosiers, and Speed, died of complications of prostate cancer. In November 2009 we reported on Hopper’s acknowledgment that he was fighting prostate cancer, and that it was a disease for which he was being treated during the previous nine years. Hopper revealed that he was being treated in an experimental program at University of Southern California.
Details of what kind of treatment he received were not released.
On March 18, 2010, it was announced that Hopper would be honored with the 2,403rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in front of the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Surrounded by friends including Jack Nicholson, Viggo Mortensen, David Lynch, Michael Madsen, family, and fans, he attended its addition to the sidewalk on March 26, 2010. In recent months it was reported that Hopper’s cancer had spread to his bones, and that he was too ill to come to court for a deposition in his pending divorce case.
For other stories we have done on various aspects of prostate cancer, see:
General David Petraeus Treated for Prostate Cancer : Prostate cancer basics
Dennis Hopper Goes to Breeder’s Cup, Despite Prostate Cancer : Risk factors and clinical trials
Andrew Lloyd Webber Diagnosed with Cancer: PSA testing
Louis Gossett Jr. Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer : Prostate cancer in African-Americans
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