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Dennis Hopper, battling prostate cancer, files for divorce

January 19, 2010 | 12:31 pm

Dennis hopper Dennis Hopper, who has been battling prostate cancer since last fall, has filed for divorce from Victoria Duffy, his wife of nearly 14 years.

"I wish Victoria the best, but only want to spend these difficult days surrounded by my children and close friends," the 73-year-old actor said in a statement. He has just begun another round of chemotherapy treatment.

Hopper cited "irreconcilable differences" for the split from his fifth wife, though reports suggest that (how do we put this nicely?) financial considerations might be fueling the move. Hopper's rep said the two were "having trouble" but have still been living together.

Duffy was an actress when the two married. Hopper is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Galen.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Victoria Duffy and Dennis Hopper in Paris on Oct. 13, 2008, after Hopper was awarded France's National Order of Arts and Letters. Credit: Jacques Brinon / Associated Press.

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