Dennis Hopper is near death and short on cash, divorce attorney says

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Actor Dennis Hopper is dying and too weak to face a deposition by his wife’s divorce lawyer, according to a court filing Wednesday.

But he’s not too weak to accuse wife Victoria Duffy of stealing $1.5-million worth of his art, including a portrait of him done by Andy Warhol. The actor weighs only 100 pounds, his doctor said in the filing, and is unable to participate in long conversations. Previous filings have been more positive about Hopper’s health and hopeful about chemotherapy results, KTLA reports. The actor also says in the filing that he has only about $300,000 total in liquid assets.

Hopper is scheduled to receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday; his doctor has given him the OK to go to that event. Viggo Mortenson will be on hand for the induction ceremony.

Mortenson and Hopper appeared together in the early ‘90s in ‘Boiling Point’ and ‘The Indian Runner.’ Hopper wrote an introduction to the catalog of a show of Mortenson’s writings and art, and shared his studio so Viggo, the star of ‘A Perfect Murder,’ could paint his character’s pictures for that film.

Hopper’s battle with prostate cancer became public at the end of October. He filed for divorce from Duffy in January, and the situation quickly became acrimonious. In February, Hopper was granted a restraining order requiring he and Duffy stay at least 10 feet apart.


-- Christie D’Zurilla

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