According to his son Dean, Claude Hopper suffered a small stroke on August 14, while on the road in Frankfort, Kentucky. He was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he stayed for a couple of days. His wife, Connie, announced that his speech and word formations were the only areas affected by the stroke.
Dean Hopper followed up with this update on Monday, August 17:
Claude and Connie Hopper made the trip home from Kentucky yesterday afternoon, safe and sound. Dad was released with all of his motor skills and brain activity at 100%, AKA he is still Claude! He speaks in complete sentences, only struggling to form the final words. God has blessed us, as this can be treated with some speech therapy. We are humbled by your support in prayer, and blessed beyond measure at the mildness of this incident.
The Hoppers appreciate prayers for Claude's speedy recovery.