For some of you, this is a "who’s that?" statement.

For us old types, and some who follow the evolution of Christian Rock, Larry was one of the founders.   Wikipedia has already been updated to reflect his death, you can check it for a biography and other info. 

On his website there is a letter by his brother regarding his passing, Sunday, February 24th at 2:45 in the morning.  The following are some excerpts from a letter he dictated to his friends and supporters the day before he died.

I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God’s hand reaching down to pick me up. I have been under medical care for months. My wounds are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am ready to fly home. . . . . . I’d like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be a funeral posted here on the website, in case some of you want to attend. We are not sure of the date when I will die. Goodbye, farewell, we will meet again.

Goodbye, farewell, we’ll meet again
Somewhere beyond the sky.
I pray that you will stay with God
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye.


Personally, I have memories of Larry Norman as the rebel who loved God and used his generation’s music to bring people to God.  Would I, or you, live like him?  Probably not.  We are each God’s own precious gift, gifted for our sphere.  I don’t think I’m one who listened a lot to Larry, but I did hear his heart and his passion in his music — always for Jesus — and I still carry that burden in my soul today.