R.I.P. Leslie, Austin’s cross-dressing icon

Posted on 08 Mar 2012 at 1:09pm

Openly gay former State Rep. Glen Maxey just posted the above photo on Facebook. And sure enough, Leslie has died. From Statesman.com:

An Austin icon is dead, and Austin just got a lot less weird.

Leslie Cochran — the city’s flesh-flashing, cross-dressing, attention-loving, frequently homeless mascot, unofficial ambassador and sometimes mayoral candidate — died at 1 a.m. at Christopher House, an inpatient hospice, according to his friend and power of attorney Valerie Romness. He was 60.

Cochran had been admitted to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center last month after being found unconscious in a South Austin parking lot. The cause of death was believed to be complications from a brain injury, according to Romness.

Cochran died “peacefully and comfortably” in the company of family and friends, Romness said.

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