The Easy Rider star went public with his battle in October last year (09), revealing he is being treated for prostate cancer.
Hopper sparked fresh fears for his health last month (Mar10) when he was deemed too ill to appear at a deposition in his ongoing divorce battle with estranged wife Victoria Duffy – and legal papers revealed he is unlikely to recover.
The veteran actor filmed scenes for The Last Film Festival in early 2009, just months before his illness was made public – and director Linda Yellen admits the news was a complete shock.
She tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, “He never once complained… He is a brilliant, brilliant man. The younger cast members absolutely worshipped him. He was in great health and had enormous charisma when we were shooting. He eagerly worked long days. So this has all come as a nasty shock.”