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Dennis Hopper is Dying

Dennis Hopper is getting his much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, but in the unlikely event that me makes the dedication, it could be the last time we see him alive.  According to the actor’s lawyers, Hopper’s is succumbing to cancer and could pass away very soon.  He’s undergoing radicalized treatment for advanced prostate cancer, but he’s in a very weak state (he supposedly weights a little over 100 pounds) and his prospects for survival look bleak.

Hopper has been one of the most charismatic and colorful figures in cinema over the past half century.  He’s turned in electric performances in classics like Easy Rider and Blue Velvet, and he’s exuded a combination of energy and fearlessness that seems to be a depreciating commodity in an overly cautious modern Hollywood.  Whenever he must leave us, he’ll leave us as a one-of-a-kind great.

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