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Dennis Hopper Dead at 74 – Cause of Death Prostate Cancer. Actor Dennis Hopper died at the age of 74 due to complications from his battle with Prostate cancer. His family is said to have been by his side when he died. He was one of Hollywood’s greats and had a career that spanned five decades.
Hopper received two Oscars – one for writing the 1969 cult classic “Easy Riders” where he starred alongside Peter Fonda. The other was for his role in “Hoosiers.” In the 1986 film, he played an alcoholic high school basketball coach.
In addition to his Oscars, he has a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame. He was honored with this distinction in March, and he told his supporters that everything he learned in life he learned from them.
Hopper usually played sadistic, villainous characters, including the role he played in Speed. He lived a hard life – oftentimes struggling with alcohol or drugs. He had been in and out of rehab, and even spent three months in a psychiatric hospital after breaking down during the filming of a movie.
Few actors in Hollywood have had career milestone that include multiple Academy Awards, starring alongside James Dean, and getting their own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Dennis Hopper will be missed.