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Leslie Cochran at Home Slice Pizza, Austin Texas, May 4, 2011 by Steve Hopson

Today is an incredibly sad day for those of us in Austin, Texas and around the world, for we’ve lost an amazingly bright and beautiful spirit that truly embodied the city’s slogan of “Keep Austin Weird”, Leslie Cochran.

Another bright star, deep in the heart of texas, has shined his last warming light upon us and will not soon be forgotten.

Leslie Cochran taking a quick nap during a previous SXSW in front of our very own Museum Of The Weird!

KXAN writes:

Albert Leslie Cochran, the thong-wearing street person who became the living embodiment of the city’s “Keep Austin Weird” slogan, died Thursday morning after more than two years of  declining health. He was 60. Cochran had been hospitalized since Feb. 16 and inhospice care for the past week. Friends said he had never fully recovered from a head injury from the fall he suffered in October 2009. “Leslie lived outside the box,” said friend Christine Ann, a South Austin merchant. “He exemplified that, but also spoke … passionately that we not take ourselves too seriously. And Leslie, of course, never did.”


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