Years of abuse
A real-life horror story. After moving to Los Angeles with his wife, Cathleen, musician Dennis Hopper took the party lifestyle to another level by becoming addicted to cocaine, crystal meth and heroin. At the same time, he met Kathleen Townsend, with whom he had a child, in the early 1990s. She was a struggling actress.
By 1996, Hopper’s drug habit was getting out of control. While he was in jail, he saw a doctor about his blood pressure, during which he picked up his wife’s cheque book and began stealing money from her bank account. Within a few days, the police were called.
When Hopper was released from jail, he admitted himself to the Betty Ford Center, where he got clean and he and Kathleen Townsend lived out their marriage. But drug addiction did not stop there. By 2006, he was back in jail for drugs, getting drunk almost every day and shaking uncontrollably.
The saddest fact about Dennis Hopper’s death: He died of a heroin overdose. His life could easily have ended much differently.
Autopsy… The Last Hours of Dennis Hopper, the next documentary in The Scary Truth Network, premieres Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. on REELZ.
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