Veteran actor and artist Dennis Hopper was been diagnosed with prostate cancer and his manager, Sam Maydew, confirmed the 73-year-old was cancelling all appearances to undergo what he called a “special program” at the University of Southern California.
“We’re hoping for the best,” Maydew said, without going into further details about the actor’s condition.
The prostate is a gland located in the male reproductive system, in between the bladder and the rectum. Prostate cancer occurs when the cells of the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably. Like many other cancers, the early stages of prostate cancer are virtually undetectable.
The star of ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Rumble Fish’, was a well-established name in Hollywood and the respected actor appeared in over 200 movie or television programs in his capacity as an actor and director. But his talents didn’t end with films as he was also a celebrated painter and photographer.
Her was due to appear in Melbourne, Australia, for the installation and launch of an exhibition at the time of the announcement but had to cancel so he could receive treatment for prostate cancer instead.
His battle with prostate cancer lasted for 10 years but his representatives only publicly announced that Dennis was ill in October 2009; the logical response to leaked images of Hopper on his way to hospital amid a mass of tubes and drips.
His family members said that the cancer had spread to other organs in the body and doctors had been unable to stem its growth.
His private life hit the headlines around that time too when his protracted and ugly divorce from his fifth wife, Victoria, was splashed all over the news.
Throughout that saga he quietly battled his illness although it is unclear which methods he used to fight the spread of the cancer.
It was in 2010 that Hopper’s health became visibly worse and dramatic weight loss accentuated his plight. In the early months of the year his lawyer stated that Dennis was too ill to receive further chemotherapy.
He passed away at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family at the age of 74.