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Dennis Hopper is fighting a grave battle with prostate cancer and bracing himself for yet another fight -- a divorce from his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy.
In a statement to the BBC News, Hopper, 73, said, "I wish Victoria the best, but only want to spend these difficult days surrounded by my children and close friends.” Ouch!
Hopper publicly announced his prostate cancer in October and recently began a new round of chemotherapy. His rep told Reuters that the actor "wants peace and quiet" adding that the couple have been "having trouble" but are still living together until their housing arrangements can be worked out.
The Oscar nominee -- whose film roles in 1969's Easy Rider (which he also directed and co-wrote) and 1986's Blue Velvet made him a screen icon -- cited "irreconcilable differences" in the divorce petition submitted to L.A. courts Thursday. The couple has a 6-year old daughter, Galen (Hopper, who has three children from previous relationships, has asked for joint legal and physical custody of the child).
All of us with loved ones or friends battling cancer know that the disease brings about major revelations for patients, who often contemplate how they want to spend what could be their final days, and with whom.
However, Hopper's banishment of his wife from his life seems extreme -- after all, they have been married nearly 14 years and have a young child. Not that Hopper’s domestic life has ever followed conventional norms (in the 1970s, he was married to Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas for about a week!). Ultimately, no outside observers can know for certain what has led this particular husband to feel it's better to face cancer without this particular wife by his side.
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