Why Is Dennis Hopper Divorcing His Wife From What May Be His Deathbed?

What went wrong between Dennis Hopper and Victoria Duffy-Hopper? Those close to her wonder if the terminally ill actor's estate might be the reason he filed for divorce -- from what may be his deathbed.

"It's just so screwed up," a friend of Duffy-Hopper's family told ABCNews.com. "Maybe it's a money thing."

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Dennis Hopper

The friend suggested that tension between Duffy-Hopper and Marin Hopper, Dennis' oldest daughter from an earlier marriage, might have led the actor to move to end their nearly 14-year marriage. The friend also noted that Marin Hopper has been spending significant time at the Hopper compound in Venice, Calif. with her father and Duffy-Hopper.

"Marin is there at the house with them now, as I understand, and [Hopper] apparently wanted her to become the executor of the will," the friend said. "If he's dying in the next four weeks, what good is this going to do? It must be the money."

In October, manager Sam Maydew announced that Hopper, 73, was undergoing special treatments at the University of Southern California to battle advanced prostate cancer. Hopper's condition has reportedly worsened dramatically in recent weeks.

Victoria Duffy-Hopper, Dennis Hopper and Marin Hopper in 2008.

So it came as a shock -- not only to the public but also to those close to the actor and his wife -- when he filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court Jan. 14, citing "irreconcilable differences" with Duffy-Hopper, 41, and asking for joint legal and physical custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Galen.

"I wasn't aware of any problems," another family friend told ABCNews.com. "This was all a surprise to me. They came to visit us two years ago, and nothing seemed to be disturbing. Everything was just absolutely fine."

The friend said the couple had traveled around the country in July and "nothing seemed out of whack."

As for the their split, the friend said, "I have no clue what happened. Nobody has a clue," adding that in the wake of Hopper's filing, Duffy-Hopper "never answers her phone anymore. She's not talking to anyone."

Dennis Hopper and Victoria Duffy-Hopper.

Another friend of the couple told the Huffington Post that cancer medications have addled his mind.

"The poor guy has no idea what is going on," the friend said. "Even his lawyers are telling people he is on painkillers and is essentially sleeping all the time."

In a statement quoted by Reuters Monday, Hopper said, "I wish Victoria the best but only want to spend these difficult days surrounded by my children and close friends," while daughter Marin Hopper said, "Dennis is brave, and he is fighting a hell of a battle."

Representatives for Hopper did not immediately respond to requests from ABCNews.com for comment.

Dennis Hopper in 1969's "Easy Rider."

Hopper's History of Broken Relationships

While Hopper's divorce may seem shocking given his failing health, the actor is no stranger to marital woes. Duffy-Hopper is his fifth wife; perhaps unsurprisingly, he has history of rocky relationships.

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