Stevie Hopkins Death: A Beacon of Acceptance and Love

The world of advocacy and inclusivity mourns a significant loss today with the sudden passing of Stevie Hopkins, co-founder of 3E Love and lovingly known as the ‘Director of Awesome’. As we navigate this challenging time, our deepest condolences go out to Stevie’s friends, loved ones, and the entire community he touched.

Who was Stevie Hopkins?

Stevie Hopkins was more than just a co-founder of 3E Love; he was a serial entrepreneur, a dedicated advocate for diversity and acceptance, and a source of inspiration for many. Known for his creativity and drive, Stevie invested his heart into every venture he embarked on, starting nearly 10 businesses since the age of 15. His most significant contribution, however, lies in 3E Love, a passion project born out of love for his late sister, Annie Hopkins.

Stevie Hopkins Career: 3E Love and International Day of Acceptance

Stevie Hopkins, along with his sister Annie, founded 3E Love to spread a message of acceptance and love for people with disabilities. The iconic ‘Wheelchair Heart’ symbol, designed by Annie, served as a powerful emblem of acceptance, sparking conversations and helping shift attitudes towards disability.

After Annie’s untimely death due to complications from a medical procedure, Stevie continued to honor her legacy by celebrating January 20th as the International Day of Acceptance each year. Stevie’s generosity was evident in his actions, as he donated hundreds of t-shirts to the event and worked closely with disability organizations, helping design and print conference and event shirts.

How Did Stevie Hopkins Die?

On January 25, 2024, the world was shocked by the sudden and unexpected passing of Stevie Hopkins. The news of his death was shared by Leslie and Steve on his Facebook page, leaving his friends, family, and the entire community in deep sorrow. The abruptness of his departure has left a void that will be keenly felt by those who knew and loved him.

Dan Angie Bateman

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There will never be enough stories, heartfelt advice you think I needed, standing up in my wedding and driving in your van as our limo to the reception, to trying to explain to me why the government knew about your computer hacking due to a drug user name, to making my graphs for my Master’s thesis because I didn’t know how, to criticism of my drive thru driving, 3elove t-shirts wearing, National Day of Acceptance honoring, wheelchair hearts on my cars, or Baby’s Got Back ( I like Big Butts…) on repeat, to fully capture my love for you Stevie Hopkins. You and your sister changed the world for the better! 💔💔💔

What was the Cause of Stevie Hopkins Death?

The exact cause and circumstances of Stevie Hopkins’ death have not been publicly disclosed by his family at this time. All we know now is that he passed away suddenly, leaving all who knew him grappling with the unexpected loss.

Stevie Hopkins Obituary

In memory of Stevie Hopkins, we reflect on the indelible mark he left on the lives of those around him. His legacy of acceptance, love, and advocacy for people with disabilities continues to resonate and inspire many.

Joe Stramondo

The news of Stevie Hopkins’ untimely passing is a true gut punch to many in the disability activist community. He was one of those guys that I wouldn’t see or talk to for years upon years, but instantly felt connection with once we got into the same room. The kind of guy that I know would have been one of my very best friends if we lived in the same city. To me, the loss feels like a lost opportunity to get to truly know a profound and kind soul. I wish I had had more of a chance to really spend time with him.I first met Stevie and his sister Annie both on MySpace. They randomly messaged me and asked me if I wanted to buy a 3Love T-shirt in 2005 or so. I bought it from them mostly because I thought Annie was really hot. Many years later, Stevie told me I was actually their first Internet sale ever. It is an honor I will cherish. Stevie and Annie were both transformative disability activists. They had a global impact just by speaking their truth and selling their swag. May we who knew and loved them keep their memory alive but may we also, most importantly, keep their message spreading. EmbraceEmpowerEducateLoveRest in power Stevie and Annie.

Stevie’s impact extends beyond 3E Love; his warmth, generosity, and kind spirit touched countless hearts. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his life and the lasting legacy he leaves behind. His dedication to promoting a more optimistic outlook on life and altering perceptions about disability will continue to guide us in our journey towards acceptance and love.

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Stevie Hopkins’ family, friends, and the entire community he served so passionately. His memory will forever be a beacon of acceptance, love, and unwavering dedication.

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