Actor Dennis Hopper, who died Saturday at the age of 74 of complications from prostate cancer, was beloved by several generations of movie fans. Many, including a number of musicians and other music industry insiders, took to the Web this Memorial Day weekend to pay their respects to a star of such memorable films as ‘Blue Velvet,’ ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Easy Rider’ and ‘Rebel Without a Cause.’
As reported by NME, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash paid tribute to Hopper on Facebook and Twitter, writing, “You take the great ones for granted until they’re gone. RIP Dennis Hopper.” The British band Everything Everything also took to Twitter, but chose to highlight some of Hopper’s movies for their fans (including the less discussed futuristic ’90s flick ‘Waterworld’).
Har Mar Superstar was emotional in his Twitter tribute: “I love you, Dennis Hopper. Easy Rider and River’s Edge are HUGE influences.” Katy Perry, meanwhile, recommended her favorite Hopper film: “Watch Blue Velvet. [M]y favorite Dennis Hopper. #rip.”
British producer Paul Epworth, who has worked with the likes of Bloc Party and Florence and the Machine, tweeted: “Very sad to post RIP Dennis Hopper… Thanks for the characters you created, especially “mad frank” (referring to his character in ‘Blue Velvet’). “Your genius will be missed…”
A number of Hopper’s Hollywood peers also took time to commemorate the actor, who was also a director and avid photographer, this weekend.
Hopper was hospitalized in late September 2009 with flu-like symptoms, but was discharged a few days later. It was soon revealed that his prostate cancer, first diagnosed a decade ago, had returned. By March, court documents from his impending divorce from fifth wife Victoria Duffy revealed that Hopper was terminally ill, as the cancer had spread to his bones. He was deemed too ill to receive chemotherapy treatments.
Hopper died at his home the morning of May 29 in Venice, California, surrounded by friends and family.