Larry Hoppen, one of the founding members of the band ORLEANS, passed away on July 24. Born on Long Island, New York, Hoppen was 61 years old.
Legendary hard rock singer Joe Lynn Turner (pictured below; DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), who worked with Hoppen often since 1999, said, “Larry Hoppen was one of the most talented people I knew. He was an incredible musician and singer… His voice and songs with ORLEANS took me through my younger days with inspiration and joy. Later in life, Larry and I joined forces on many different projects. I grew to know him personally and was proud to call him friend. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his family, friends and fans. They are in my thoughts and prayers at this tragic time.”
Larry released two solo albums — “HandMade” and “Looking For The Light”, the latter being a flagship fundraising vehicle for his 501(c)3 nonprofit Sunshine For HIV Kids.
Larry was still touring with ORLEANS, which included his brother Lance and youngest brother Lane, and was scheduled to appear on Fox‘s nationwide “Fox Friends”‘ “All-American Concert Series” show this coming Friday, July 27.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith Hoppen, and his daughters, Claire and Maeve, as well as his brothers, Lance and Lane, and his sister, Lynda.