Vincent Lopez passed away quietly, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was an Austin native who attended Round Rock High School. At age 11, Lopez was diagnosed with Becker’s Muscular Dystrophy and although he spent most of his life physically confined to a wheelchair, Vincent never considered himself to be handicapped. Instead, he dedicated his life to a greater purpose, doing everything he could to make a difference.
Vincent wholeheartedly believed and supported the healing properties of medical marijuana. So much so, that he became the Director of Paitent Outreach for N.O.R.M.L, an activist group who supports the legalization of marijuana. Victor also started P.A.C.T.-‘Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics’. He fervently supported marijuana use for those who suffered from seriously dilapidating illnesses, like himself. Eventually, Lopez became one of N.O.R.M.L.’s lead advocates in the ongoing fight against the Texas legislation and amending of the laws which govern the legalization of prescription marijuana.
Vincent was also appreciated for his contributions to Austin music. He was a promotional pioneer in the local hard rock music scene. As an artist, Lopez drew the artwork for the CD cover that was used by a local band “CREATE” , for their promo CD. Vincent also established “GRIMMWARE“, which was a free publication featuring information that pertained to local hard rock scene. Later, Lopez published “AUSTIN TO AMSTERDAM” , which was created in order to connect the Texas Music Scene to the Netherlands and vice versa.
Vincent exhibited an amazing courage, sheer determination and a strength of character that will continue to both inspire and influence the masses, paving the way for those yet to come. RIP, VINCENT.