I spoke to the late Roger Troutman and the group Zapp one summer just before the turn of the century.

Interviews were conducted backstage at the World Trade Center, as the band was taking part in an annual initiative sponsored by local radio station 98.7 KISS in New York. Every year, KISS would feature outdoor concerts in the middle of the Twin Towers, which no longer stand.

In addition to Roger, I had in-depth discussions w/ Big Rob, Rick, Roger’s brother Terry “Zapp” Troutman (who the group was named after), Nicole, Dale (the band’s then Music Director and spouse to Shirley Murdock) and Bart.

We lost Roger Troutman and his brother Larry to tragic circumstances. On April 25th of 1999, Roger died at the age of 47.


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  • Sara Sanchez
    May 16, 2021

    I can’t imagine why Larry thought that by eliminating his brother Roger and himself would solve a financial problem, unless there were other motives for Larry to make that tragic decision. Decision that most likely affected and devastated the whole family. I still have questions of this unnecessary deaths.

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