Dennis Hopper honoured at service
Jack Nicholson and Val Kilmer were among the actors who joined dozens of Dennis Hopper's relatives and friends to remember the two-time Oscar nominee at a memorial.
Hopper's simple wooden coffin was ushered into the adobe chapel at San Francisco de Asis church in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.
"It was a very singular relationship I had with him, like nobody else. We were soul mates in a way. I really miss him," Nicholson said.
Before the service, Kilmer, who lives near Pecos in northern New Mexico, said the last conversation he had with Hopper was on a flight, recalling that Hopper could always make him laugh.
The church's bells chimed as Hopper's casket was brought into the chapel and again as it was taken out after the two-hour service. The rumbles of about half a dozen motorcycles could be heard in the distance as the casket was taken away in a funeral procession. A private burial followed.
During the service, Hopper's son, Henry Lee Hopper, drew tears from many in the crowd as he read from Walt Whitman's collection of poems, Leaves of Grass. Other relatives also spoke.
Hopper, who was twice nominated for Oscars and earned a star this year on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died on Saturday at the age of 74 at his home in Los Angeles. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009.