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Dennis Hopper Dead at 74

He'd been suffering from prostate cancer
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2010 12:26 PM CDT
Dennis Hopper Dead at 74
Dennis Hopper attends a dedication ceremony for his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday March 26, 2010, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – Dennis Hopper has died from complications of prostate cancer, a friend tells Reuters. The 74-year-old, who made his name by starring in and directing the 1969 cult hit Easy Rider, died this morning at his home in Venice, California. Other memorable roles included those in Rebel Without a Cause, Blue Velvet, Apocalypse Now, and Hoosiers. As his illness progressed, Hopper had unfortunately become embroiled in a nasty divorce fight that pitted his daughter against his wife.

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