Movie legend Dennis Hopper has filed for divorce from his fifth wife while reportedly on his deathbed.

The 73-year-old Easy Rider star is battling prostate cancer, and is reported to have less than a month to live after the disease spread to his bones.

He announced in October that he had cancer, which is believed to have been diagnosed way back in 2002.

Irreconcilable differences

Ailing Hopper filed divorce papers against Victoria Duffy, his wife of 14 years, last Thursday, citing "irreconcilable differences."

Word at the water cooler suggests the star filed for divorce in a bid to keep his wife from contesting his will - which is rumoured to leave her only a quarter of his estate.

Court papers show Hopper has also applied for joint legal and physical custody of their six-year-old daughter Galen, and states he has offered to pay his wife spousal support.

Duffy is said to be incensed by the drastic divorce move, and that her inheritance will be exactly what she had agreed to under the couple's pre-nuptial agreement, and no more, says the New York Post.

Yep, she's spat the dummy and reportedly "barricaded herself" in the couple's Californian home, while he lies in hospital.

A snitch close to the pair said: "It's truly a tragedy, and sadly it's all about the money and who inherits what.

"This is about getting Victoria out of the will, nothing more, nothing less."

Valiant effort

Several reports claim Hopper's condition has deteriorated considerably over the past few days, quoting sources close to the star as saying he is "mentally incapacitated from the enormous amounts of medication he is on".

The source added: "He has come to grips with fact that the end is near. Doctors have told him that they can't contain the disease and his condition has worsened severely."

Whereas his spokesperson, Alex Hitz, says the star is "fully conscious" and fighting "a valiant battle" against the cancer.

Of Hopper's divorce petition, Hitz added: "They've been having trouble and he wants peace and quiet."

The actor himself was also quoted as saying: "I wish Victoria the best, but only want to spend these difficult days surrounded by my children and close friends," reports Reuters.

Any separation is a plate of hate, but imagine going through all that emotional chow-chow on your deathbed? Strength and honour to you, Hopper.

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