Hollywood legend Dennis Hopper filed for divorce on his deathbed to halt what he feared would be a vicious grab for his property as he was clinging to life, sources told The ENQUIRER.
The 73-year-old Hollywood maverick believed his 42-year-old wife Victoria and her family would try to remove art and other valuables from his Venice, Calif., estate to keep them from going to his three grown children from previous marriages, according to a longtime family friend.
He demanded Victoria move out, and when she “laughed in his face,” he pulled the plug on their almost 14-year marriage, said the friend.
“It’s pathetic. All Dennis wanted was to live out his days in peace. Instead, World War III erupted over his will, his money and the art collection.
“Dennis decided to file for divorce to protect his older kids’ inheritance.”
As the ENQUIRER reported last week, the Blue Velvet star retreated to his beach compound after exhausting all medical options in his fight with prostate cancer. For support, he had Victoria move her mother and sister into the estate they share with their 6-year-old daughter and two of his three grown children.
“But then Dennis worried that paintings and photographs were disappearing, and he didn’t like Victoria’s explanations,” divulged the friend.
The acclaimed actor “began to feel he wasn’t even dead yet and Victoria and her people were already acting like vultures picking over the carcass.
“They had a terrible fight and Dennis accused Victoria of trying to freeze out the older children.
“This enraged his kids Marin and Henry, who also live at the compound – and a horrible family feud erupted.”
But the Easy Rider “didn’t want more drama,” said the source.
“He just wanted to die in peace.”