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Leslie Cochran 1951-2012
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April 25, 2014
You are missed Leslie.
December 22, 2013
May 28, 2012
I'm so sad to see him go my he RIP
May 25, 2012
I met him while I was on Spring Break in 2002. He was so nice and charismatic. Austin is losing one of it's greatest natives.
May 15, 2012
I was so sad to hear about Leslie. I had seen him for years going to work and always waived. Austin has lost a great person and we will always remember him with a smile.
May 06, 2012
I'm waiting for the day that there is a statue of you in your thong next to me. That's the least the City of Austin can do for you for all the free advertising you have given the city.
May 05, 2012
I have called Austin my home since birth and love everything about Austin. I can't say I ever had the pleasure of meeting Leslie, but I know this city will never be the same without his presence. He was a true Austin icon and will be dearly missed. RIP Leslie
May 03, 2012
leslie i met you over 20 years ago.i found you funny , very smart,and you always made me smile,noone else dressed like you downtown thats for sure...REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND
May 02, 2012
You will be missed,RIP...
April 30, 2012
The magic was nearly gone, but when Leslie came to town he seemed to rekindle it in some ways. Goodby dear friend; goodbye Austin.
April 24, 2012
My condolences to the family. May God give you the strength to endure this trial.
April 24, 2012
You knew you had become a legitimate Austinite when you could stand next to Leslie and think nothing odd was afoot. Great person - Great Austinite - Leslie will be missed
April 17, 2012
goodbye dear friend... you will be missed...
April 15, 2012
I feel so lucky to have "encountered" Leslie while visiting Austin. He wore a stunning, green out fit that showed of those enviable legs. Austin won't seem so happy to me now when I'm there. I will always be looking for Leslie. You will be missed, dear soul.
April 14, 2012
I remember you from Lamar Braker. The kids at Albertsons used to Buy extra sandwiches for you. You rarely passed up a chance to conversate or smile. Thanks for loving Austin! You were always kind to people even when they weren't kind to you. RIP Leslie.
April 14, 2012
leslie, will never be forgotten
April 11, 2012
Leslie, to know you was to love you............and so many of us did. You brightened our good city with your wildly colorful self. Rest with the angels. We shall miss your stylish ways my man. Debra Scully
April 07, 2012
April 05, 2012
I worked n a store on congress n saw him all the time...never talkd jus smilez....r.i.p
April 03, 2012
You will definitely be an asset in heaven. I didnt know you personally but I saved all of the paper clippings about you. I thought you were cool. RIP
April 02, 2012
best of wishes from your friends kel and abel peace love and tacos
March 19, 2012
Lesile was true friend who I personally knew for many wonderful years.We would sit down and have a cup of coffee, sometimes even a cigarette, I would ask his opinion on several personal issues and he would always find time to tell me what he thought was the best answer, I really enjoy those times.Leslie I love you and thank you for being such wonderful person and great friend, I will certainly miss you and your awesome,may we meet again one day.You are loved and I will never forget you.Enjoy those wings because you certainly deserve them.Your friend always!!!
March 18, 2012
I found out about Leslie's passing while celebrating St Patrick's day in a bar last night here in DC. It really gave me pause. He made weird normal and made the world brighter for it.

Back in 2004 when my I was living in Georgetown, my 18 year old nephew told me how excited he was to have met Leslie the night before when he was out with his friends. To him and his friends Leslie was just Leslie.

Thanks for being who you were and RIP.
March 17, 2012
From 1981 to 2004 I lived in Central Texas. It was always Leslie that made sure all the girls on 6th Street got a cab, made it out safely, were walked back to their girls if needed. God Bless You Leslie, he lent us our Guardian Angel for awhile and now he has taken you back home. We will see you again some day.
March 17, 2012
I've been in Austin from 1999 to 2012 and it has always been nice just knowing that Leslie is around. I might have only talked to him in passing, but Thank You Leslie for flying your flag and living out loud. God bless you and your loved ones.
March 16, 2012
I was only passing through Austin when I had the good fortune to meet Leslie and enjoy a minute in the light of his smile. I hope he's happy and keeping heaven weird in his wonderful way !
March 16, 2012
I've lived in Austin since 1974, and Leslie & I are born in the same year, 1951. I've seen Leslie downtown, smiling, talking, to everyone and anyone who came his way. "Keep Austin weird," will always keep Leslie's memory alive. My prayers & thoughts are with his family, and close friends who knew him, and whose lives are sadden, without Leslie being here. I know that Leslie's @ pease now, no longer homeless, no longer feeling the physical and emotional pain of his life's journey. I life up Leslie's family to God asking that they be comfort, with God's peace and love.

Austin will always be "weird, and eunique to us Austinites, and visitors, and passer through.

From Barbara Beal "BB"

bbeal3@netzero.net
March 16, 2012
I've lived in Austin, TX since 1974, and the most outstanding "Keep Austin Weird" was seening Leslie downtown being his usual self.

My prayers & thoughts go out to Leslie's family his mother & sister, and all of the lives that he touched,during his life on this earth. I know that he's @ peace now, no longer homeless, now that he has a home in Heaven. "Keep Austin Weird," will never be the same without Leslie's presence.

My prayers are with all who knew loved him. "Rest in Peace Leslie,...& Austin will always be weird.
March 15, 2012
all of us who want to keep austin as weird as possible owe it to leslie to be true to ourselves while remaining unconcerned about what others think -- within reason, of course. or not.
March 15, 2012
I was saddned to find out he had passed I was A nurse n Austin 1996-2003 I used to catch capital metro to n from work n everyday at 6th n congress there Leslie would be,,,He was actually very smart,nice, n could make me laugh on my worst days,,I MOVED BK TO MY HOME TOWN TEMPLE 2003,,BUT WILL NEVER FORGET HIM
March 14, 2012
Goodbye! My dear Leslie! the day i found you unconscious along sixth street,and then seein you as the ems vechicle whisk you off to the hospital i knew it was the end!I know you are now in good care!
March 13, 2012
"Love is the immortal essence that allows us to be forever, for love is the arms of God. It is the thing that holds into eternity. It never dies~It never dies! It only becomes richer, deeper and freer. To be utterly god, you must utterly love and be loved in return," a Ramtha statement.
March 13, 2012
Leslie, you were -- as we all know -- one of a kind. You let us laugh and, through example, allowed us to be as weird as we wanted to be. When I first moved here, you were up on Braker Lane. I had a few conversations with you over the years; but you met so many people, I doubt you'd have remembered. You were always gracious, amusing and charming. A true star of Texas burned out when you passed. We will forever miss you.

Hopefully, an annual celebration in your honor will occur -- something like The Spirit of Leslie, crowning a new "queen" to reign for the coming year. Perhaps "she" would win a tiara, fish net hosiery and a pair of stillettos. Regardless, you were a rare person, indeed, who is irreplaceable!!

Always love and peace to you!
March 13, 2012
I was saddened to hear of your passing, you are what America needed, a loving and compassionate man, who didnt care what people that of you; I only meet you once and you changed my way of thinking. I will forever cherish our encounter. Missing You
March 13, 2012
I had just moved to Austin and was sitting at a traffic light when I saw this exquisitely shaped creature in a mini skirt and cleavage-displaying top wearing stilletos capped off with wavy blonde hair. I was jealous. Then Leslie turned around, I saw his beard and I had my first Leslie sighting. Leslie did make us all smile and was a true Austin icon. Thank you, Leslie!
March 13, 2012
Austin will never be the same. Thank you for the joy that you have brought so many. May your legacy of a passionate, free spirit be carried on through others. You will be greatly missed.
March 13, 2012
Thank you Leslie for making our hearts smile!
March 12, 2012
March 12, 2012
March 12, 2012
Rest in Peace Leslie!!! Thanks for Keeping Austin Weird! You will be so missed by and entire city, plus more~XOXOXO
March 11, 2012
We have lost a true Free Spirit. One who lived only to please others. Thank you so much for the joy and happiness you gave to so many. May this next great journey take you to a place where you can inspire and be inspired as well as share love. Rest in Peace.
March 11, 2012
Leslie, you gave so much to so many. To me you gave me many smiles, and always a lighter heart. You truly are a man who dances to a different drummer!
You are gonna look wild in those wings!!
March 11, 2012
Leslie, your free spirit and view of the world, without caring what anyone thought about you.. you just being you, has inspired me over the years.. It was such a pleasure to meet you and visit with you, and visit with you so many times over the years. May you be free and happy... May you be at peace.. Know that you live in the hearts and minds, souls of so many you have inspired.. Thank you to Leslie's family for sharing him with us.. May God bless you during this time... I'll miss you.. XOXO
March 11, 2012
Rest in peace..you will be missed!
March 11, 2012
So sorry to hear of Leslie's passing. He added a lot to Austin.
March 11, 2012
Leslie, thank you for all that you have given to us. You are truly one who will not be forgotten. Your spirit will always and forever be Austin.....
March 11, 2012
One less Austin icon... Godspeed Leslie. You brought joy to many, Austin style. Onward Thru The Fog.
March 11, 2012
Leslie...I will never forget my first glimpse of your tanned butt and legs prancing down 6th street. I loved you from that point on. Rest in peace dear Leslie. Natalie
March 11, 2012
My sympathies to all who were friends of Leslie. I remember commuting from south to north on the bus, talking with Leslie and another cross-dresser and we would be admiring each others shoes and accesories! I also enjoyed sharing my Kamel Reds with her. See you in the afterlife.
March 11, 2012
Angels walk among us, sometimes on stilettos. You taught us about unconditional love and made Austin a bit of heaven on earth, and now you are making heaven a much better place.
March 11, 2012
I will miss seeing you downtown, Leslie. You were truly unique and always brought a smile to my face with your quirky charm. Keep Heaven weird.
March 11, 2012
RIP Leslie--I remember seeing you on the street amongst friends and fans and thinking, you are a brave and shining Star. Austin will not be the same without you. Go and illuminate the charm God gave you in the heavens!
March 11, 2012
Last summer while in street ministry I met this man. I was looking for one of my ministry friends . He helped me with directions and I was able to pray with him. The prayer has been answered. God let peace come to this man . Rest in peace Leslie. brbruce from Caldwell.
March 10, 2012
Dearest Leslie...I left Austin in 2006 to pursue other "life" opportunities, but always thought that our paths would cross again very soon. When checking in with friends still residing in Austin, you often came up in conversation...I always loved hearing what you were "up to". Please know that you are truly loved and appreciated by so many...and we know that wherever you are, you're doing your part to "Keep It Weird"...take care, my "brother".
March 10, 2012
i will always envie your buns of steel.
love you leslie - your kind spirit lives!
March 10, 2012
The first time I saw Leslie was in the late 1990s. He was walking down N. Lamar in a schoolgirl outfit, carrying a bike wheel, smoking a pipe. He made me smile and forget I was stressed. I always smiled when I saw him. Thanks for all the smiles, Leslie.
March 10, 2012
Another bit of Austin's Heart has died. Rest in peace, you will be missed greatly. Sharon Spencer (Austin, Tx)
March 10, 2012
You were the reason I knew Austin was the place for me! I will miss you and the many slices of pizza we shared together. Rest In Peace My Friend.
March 10, 2012
Goodbye, Leslie. You'll be missed.
March 10, 2012
Thank you for the smiles, the laughs & the wonderful conversations. Austin just won't be as weird without you. RIP Leslie.
March 10, 2012
Leslie scared me to death the first time I met him - not because of who he was, but because I had no idea he was behind me. He just wanted to ask me to vote for him for Mayor! A part of what makes Austin "Austin" is gone and will be greatly missed!
March 10, 2012
Leslie, no one could ever fill your shoes or wear them with the style you had. Thank you, so much!
March 10, 2012
Leslie, you were always my favorite part of visits to Austin..you will be truly missed..?
March 10, 2012
Leslie ... may heaven find you in peace and harmony. You gave Austin a lot of its character and pizzazz and reminded many of us that we can always laugh at life and occasionally just be ourselves, no matter what age. Thank you, darling!
March 10, 2012
We will miss seeing & talking to you. You will always be remembered..loved the pink tutu. Your Austin Friends
March 10, 2012
We will miss seeing & talking to you. You will always be remembered..loved the pink tutu. Your Austin Friends
March 10, 2012
WHAT AN EMPTY PLACE.. GIVE HER A STATUE TO HONOR WHAT SHE HAS DONE FOR AUSTIN.. SHE REALLY PUT IT ON THE MAP IN A GOOD WAY... KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD FOR SURE.. A BIG STATUE OF LESLIE RIGHT ON 6TH STREET.. THONG AND ALL.. YES!!
REST IN PEACE LESLIE..
March 10, 2012
March 10, 2012
A true artist and authentic human. Austin is a much darker place without you. I wish I had the guts to say something to you all those times I saw you. My loss, Heaven's gain.
March 10, 2012
When I heard you wanted to leave I was so sad. Did CO deserve you? Perhaps if we stepped up our game you would change your mind and stay? No One will ever know But surely the man upstairs had a whole new audience for your arrival. It is our loss, for beyond the outter clothing was a man of amazing character. Austin will indeed miss you. RIP
March 10, 2012
Gone but certainly never forgotten
March 10, 2012
You made Austin who it is today Leslie. We will miss you, but never forget you!
March 10, 2012
R.I.P Leslie, you were a true Austin Icon!
March 10, 2012
R.I.P. Leslie, you will be missed. Thanks for the good times...
March 10, 2012
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Poet Mary Frye
Unincumbered no copyright
March 10, 2012
I always saw Leslie on my way to work when I traveled up 51st street and he always made me laugh. He was eccentric but then again we all are to some degree. RIP Leslie and God Bless. I'm sure you have your angel wings now.
Karen Long
March 10, 2012
A candle to light your way home. Prayers for you and to your family. Rest in Peace
March 10, 2012
I'm half a world away in SE Asia and yet word of Leslie's passing brought a tear to my eye. I only met him once but it will always be a fond memory. Austin will go on but without Leslie, it will be like the Mona Lisa with a little bit less of a smile. Thanks Leslie for making life a bit brighter for all of us.

David O (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
March 10, 2012
Leslie, you were an icon of Austin history and your memory will live on forever. I too have had the honor of being asked if I knew Leslie when I have said I lived in Austin, and although I only met Leslie a few times in brief passing, it still made an impression on me.
March 10, 2012
Leslie. I cherish our wonderfully random conversations and the beautiful and honest insight you always offered me, which I live by still today. You are not weird, just misunderstood! You will always be in my heart. God be with you and Bless You always.
March 09, 2012
I barely knew you, but Austin will never be the same without you. We already miss you, Leslie!
March 09, 2012
Leslie a true Austin Icon! May you rest in peace... I know you're in Heaven wearing one of your 'outfits'! Shine down on us as we remember you always! We will miss your smiling face and your wave of grace... As a Austin Icon, you should have a life size statue on 6th Street aka to some of us, 'Leslie Street'....God Speed Leslie.....
March 09, 2012
You always made my night running into you downtown! Austin Texas will miss you!
March 09, 2012
Miss you, my friend. Instead of talking to myself all the time, i'll just talk to you.
March 09, 2012
R.I.P.Leslie, i will miss you!!!!!!!! Lili Hart
March 09, 2012
My heart is heavy with sadness because Austin has lost a true Icon...Leslie was Intelligent, friendly and funny weird. I had the honor of sitting with him/her at the Forum and consumed a few drinks, we talked politics and her life style choice. Goodbye Leslie...our loss is Gods gain of a beautiful soul...now you're an angel. May you Rest In Peace.
March 09, 2012
Years ago I was in London. The Brits recognized my 'American' accent and asked where I was from. I proudly replied I was from Austin, Texas. The FIRST question asked was if I knew Leslie! That was around 1997.

Leslie was not 'from' Austin...Lesie IS Austin. I am so very happy and proud that you were (and will continue to be) OUR world Ambassador and the one, true sovereign Queen!
March 09, 2012
Leslie, you always had a smile and a hello when downtown was my neighborhood. You will live on in our memories. Rest in peace.
MG
March 09, 2012
u will be missed Leslie u were a very energetic person and u brought life to austin tx
March 09, 2012
Goodnite My Prince(ss) its a sweet dream now.. and I guess we are even. (I gave you all that lingerie I could never fit into again!! Austin will miss you.
March 09, 2012
Leslie, you will always be remembered...Rest in Peace, now!
March 09, 2012
first saw you as I rode the Austin transit. I thought What the heck. You were to cool RIP my friend
March 09, 2012
I first saw Leslie in 1999 on Congress St from a Dillo bus traveling from UT to my job at the Austin Childrens Museum. My initial reaction was shock as I thought is that man really just wearing a tank top and thong. I soon discovered he was an Austin icon and would enjoy pointing him out to friends and family who would come to visit.
My condolences to his family. Leslie will be greatly missed and Austin will be less bright without him.
March 09, 2012
You will always be in my heart! Rest In Peace.
March 09, 2012
I never knew you, but you were awesome. Rest well.
March 09, 2012
I'm so glad I got a chance to meet you when I lived in Austin. There will never be another pair of legs like yours! Long Live Leslie!
March 09, 2012
god bless our friend leslie. your houstonfriends will miss you dearly
March 09, 2012
Leslie, I will always hold a place in my heart for you. Rest in Peace, dear one.
Rene
March 09, 2012
Leslie put the weird in Austin and that's a weird we will never get back. You will be so missed Leslie but we will never forget you!
March 09, 2012
I wish I would have gotten my picture taken with you while I had the chance. Austin is a little less weird without you.
March 09, 2012
You were never scared nor shamed to be yourself at all times. Wish more people could be that free :) You were a true Austin ICON.
March 09, 2012
Peace be with you
March 09, 2012
Friendships are everlasting! It was great having you as a neighbor! 78704 and all of us in SoCo and South First will miss you. Rest in Peace my friend.
March 09, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
March 09, 2012
Leslie Cochran was a very special person. Although his appearance may have been considered as “weird” by many people's standards, at least he had the courage to stand up and speak out for what he believed in and for the rights of others. And I will always admire and honor him for that.


For all the times I had the pleasure of talking with Leslie Cochran, perhaps one of the most memorable was the evening about 9 years ago down on South Congress while celebrating my oldest daughter's 21st birthday. As I greeted him and introduced him to my daughters, explaining what we were celebrating — Leslie generously joined in with our celebration by taking off the red belt he was wearing at the time and giving it to my daughter as a birthday present.

40+ years ago, Austin, Texas was not at all about who-you-are or what-you-have. It was just Austin. And I thank God for allowing so many of us old-timers the opportunity to have been reminded of all of that by having known Leslie Cochran for a while.

Leslie Cochran will be missed, but always remembered by those of us once knew Austin the way it used to be.

Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to they rest.
March 09, 2012
You were quite the favorite of mine here in Austin, enjoyed our conversations and your happy disposition...our town for sure will not be the same..Rest in peace...
March 09, 2012
You were amazing! RIP
March 09, 2012
We will miss the dog treats! Take Care.
March 09, 2012
You always made me smile when I saw you. It was a pleasure and privilege to have conversation with you over a few beers. I never took it personally when you refused the Italian leather shoes I gave you one time because they didn't have high heels :)
Rest in peace Leslie, may you find what you were looking for in God's hands with him knowing how positively you affected us all here in Austin.
March 09, 2012
From the first time I asked my friend who he was, as he stood out in the restaurant I was at 9 1/2 years ago when I first moved here to my UT Law clinic representing him though the years, I've always enjoyed seeing him and the times I met him. I will always remember our last conversation on 6th street and him remembering me from the clinic. R.I.P. Leslie.
March 09, 2012
R.I.P. Leslie. You will be so missed. Austin won't be the same without you.
March 09, 2012
I just saw you a month ago...I should have stopped and talked with you. My loss. You will be missed!
Sarah
March 09, 2012
Leslie, a beacon of light, who opened so many blind eyes, helping us smile on dark days as we passed your way and teaching us with unspoken words, how beautiful our unique differences are.
...high heels, fishnet stockings, a thong bikini and now beautiful wings.
March 09, 2012
Austin will miss you Leslie, But I know you are having a blast!
March 09, 2012
Leslie, thanks for making this town, and the world, a weirder place! RIP
March 09, 2012
Keep heaven weird now Leslie.RIP
March 09, 2012
I am so sorry god called you home early. It was much to soon. I will miss the coversations, the laughter and the serious talks. You have made a big impact on Austin and my life. There can be no replacement for you. Goodbye my friend.
March 09, 2012
Luke 6:31 Rest in Peace my Friend. Angles descended from the Heavens wearing thongs to watch over you. I will never forget the 8 months when you lived on my property. The shed you build will remain. Me and the dogs will miss you...Your kindness and generosity will forever live on...
March 09, 2012
Thank you for your time in Austin, Leslie. You made so many people smile. We will continue to smile when thinking of you. I know there is lots of color and character in your heaven.
March 09, 2012
Leslie, it has been said over and over....but I say it again...Austin is just a little less wierd now without your presence...but your Spirit will live on and on. RIP Leslie. <3
March 09, 2012
Your presence is missed already. I remember you standing on the corner of Lamar and Braker at the Albertsons. You were always true to yourself... something we all could do a bit better. Rest in peace.
March 09, 2012
Leslie, may you rest in Peace.
March 09, 2012
Rest in peace Leslie, we will all miss you! God Bless
Becky
March 09, 2012
Thank you for helping me find my car that one night. You were so helpful and kind. We will miss seeing you out and about. Rest in Peace.
March 09, 2012
March 09, 2012
I always enjoyed our 4am conversations at the 7-11 on SoCo. Rest In Peace, Leslie.
March 09, 2012
I always enjoyed our 4am conversations at the SoCo 7-11. Rest In Peace, Leslie.
March 09, 2012
rest in peace the city want be the same without you
March 09, 2012
Lesile, you're a legend. No one could do it like you did. You were a brave soul, to start the understanding of not judging people. May God cradle you.
March 09, 2012
Leslie will live on forever through stories and photos that all combine to create the legend that is Leslie. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
March 09, 2012
You always made me smile, I love seeing you, I wish I could have hugged you one day, you will always be one of my heroes.......love always, Rest in Peace, beautiful Leslie.
March 09, 2012
RIP Leslie Cochran, this is for all who love
Related by soul, depths we fathom with our hearts,
In love with loving and giving,
Paradise is what you gave.
March 09, 2012
I will certainly miss seeing you and making my day a little brighter. My thoughts are with your family and everyone whose lives you touched with your immense kindness and generosity.
March 09, 2012
Leslie, your being You allowed me to be Me. Thank you!
March 09, 2012
So many fond memories of Leslie. My favorite was just small talk about a beautiful summer day on the patio at Taco Deli on Barton Springs.
March 09, 2012
Leslie Cochran appeared in the 1999 Gridiron Show. While Danny Hermosillo sang his composition "Livin' La Vida Leslie" (a parody of "Livin' La Vida Loca") Leslie paraded in drag on the stage. It was a highlight of the show.
March 09, 2012
I remember Leslie performing in the 1999 Gridiron Show. Danny Hermosillo wrote and performed a parody song, "Livin' La Vida Leslie" to the tune of "Livin' La Vida Loco" while Leslie paraded on the stage in drag. It was a highlight for the show.
March 09, 2012
I 'll miss our talks hanging out in front of the bars on Six Street. You may have never been Mayor of Austin but you'll always be Mayor of Six Street to me Leslie. You'll be missed.
March 09, 2012
I remember seeing you riding your bike after I first moved here and I thought "This is the place for me". I love your confidence and unique character. You were always a joy to converse with when I encountered you. Thank you for "Keeping Austin Weird" and for all the smiles you brought to me. I love you!
March 09, 2012
Ahhh Leslie. Thank-you so much for the hours of conversation and the pleasure of watching a very brave soul shine through. We will miss you much. RIP
March 09, 2012
Rest in Peace - Here is a Musical Tribute:
Armadillo (Ode to Leslie Cochran) by Barebones Orchestra
www.reverbnation.com
March 09, 2012
i loved your confidence... there will never be any one else like you..
March 09, 2012
It is uncanny that some of your last expressed thoughts were about leaving your beloved Austin, Leslie. I'm with you on that one too my friend - Austin just isn't the same town of 20 years ago. May you rest in peace in the knowledge that you finally got to go somewhere so much more peaceful than here. May the Lord embrace and keep you in His arms forever.
March 09, 2012
I waited on you a few times at the "Sirloin Stockade" when it was on N. Lamar. You always made my day.
March 09, 2012
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE LESLIE AND AS THEY SAY KEEP HEAVEN WEIRD...
March 09, 2012
leslie will be missed by those who knew him well and like some of us who knew of him. he was a part of austin and in ways a part of all of us. prayers and condolences got out to his family and close friends,. rest in peace---

winston and regina
March 09, 2012
RIP Leslie you did it your WAY frieda eagan
March 09, 2012
Austin has lost one of it's most notable icons. Leslie you will truly be missed. RIP gently soul.
March 09, 2012
You will be missed,thank you for your individuality and stand for being who you are and to let loose in life. Heaven is lucky to get you.
March 09, 2012
I'm crying , sorry Leslie
March 09, 2012
I know you enjoyed life here, and I hope you will enjoy more your re-incarnation.
March 09, 2012
I spoke to Leslie once when I had lived in Austin...Wow what an intelligent and inspiring man. Leslie you will be missed. You truely are Austin! With much love and respect.
March 09, 2012
GOD only takes the best and you were the best weird person in Austin and you will be missed by all walks of life.RIP LESLIE
March 09, 2012
you will be missed!
March 09, 2012
Godspeed,its never what's on the outside but on the inside what matters you had both gifts for touching peoples hearts and making em smile
March 09, 2012

Sweet Leslie* You always made me laugh and smile! I will miss your weirdness!! I know you are in a better place. Rest now my friend.
March 09, 2012
Leslie represented individualism, freedom,liberty, and joyfulness.
All things Austin!
March 09, 2012
We were always amazed and entertained by him. Will miss him, most certainly. Austin has lost a piece of itself.
RIP, Leslie
March 09, 2012
Well you took your life and made it interesting, a lot of other folks lives were a bit more interesting as well because of you
March 09, 2012
March 09, 2012
leslie you where the MAN WITH THE PLAN here in AUSTIN, TEXAS. We were Blessed to have you here. LETS KEEP AUSTIN, TEXAS WEIRD for Leslie
March 09, 2012
you will be missed - there will never be another like you!
March 09, 2012
Man in a pink Tu-tu. Friend in life.
March 09, 2012
I'll always remember my first day in Austin. I was driving by the Albertsons on N. Lamar, and there you were. Remember your calls to KLBJ back in the day. Smart guy! R. I. P. YOU WERE A TRUE AUSTIN ICON!!
March 09, 2012
" ONWARD TROUGH THE FOG SIR LESLIE "
March 09, 2012
Thanks for being my friend, unconditionally!!!
March 09, 2012
God Speed, Leslie. For those of us who loved you, you will be missed. Austin won't be the same without you.
March 09, 2012
You were always the highlight of my visits to Austin! Rest in Peace
March 09, 2012
It was always an honor to have seen you the many times that I did. You truly were a diamond in the ruff. We have definitely lost a true celebrity and great icon. Your memory will live on. Somehow Austin just doesn't feel weird enough without you here. DIVAS get remembered but LEGENDS never die. You will forever be STATU-US to me <3
March 09, 2012
Have fun in the afterlife of your world! I used to talk to him from time to time and got a good laugh. You will be missed!
March 09, 2012
You left us when we need you most.
March 09, 2012
Over the years, Leslie was always there and always the talk of the town. He will certainly be missed by those who knew and loved him. RIP
March 09, 2012
Leslie YOU were Austin, we are accepting of every and any life style. Gonna miss you!
March 09, 2012
Thanks for sharing your spirit with us, Leslie.
March 09, 2012
Keep it weird!
March 09, 2012
You were a friend and always brought a smile, whether I was working as an officer or chaplain. God's peace be with you dear friend!
March 08, 2012
Good night, sweetheart, and rest in peace. Your creativity of mind shook a lot of people up, and made the city of my heart a better place.
March 08, 2012
Sporting a spotted tiger thong, and not much else, my girls and I brushed into Leslie at the entrance of SpamaRama quite a few years ago. We turned the corner and his banana hammock was about eye level with my girls, at about 2 feet distance. I noticed that they noticed, but no words were spoken. How do you explain that to young ones? Brand new to Austin, I just stepped knee deep into "Keep Austin Weird". Wouldn't live anywhere else.

There will always be only one Leslie. RIP.
March 08, 2012
For ever Austin will hold a place for you,, downtown 6th street is not going to be the same,, thank you for all the great long years
March 08, 2012
Rest in piece Leslie. Your outlandishness lives on and you have open our eyes to what's normal in the world. I'm honored to had a chance to meet & talked to you on the streets of Austin. You've made magic here that's everlasting.
March 08, 2012
R.I.P. Leslie. We first spotted you in 1996 and voted for you in 2000.
March 08, 2012
Rest in Peace Leslie. Keep Heaven Weird. You will be missed.
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie. I will miss seeing & chatting with you. Austin will miss you.
March 08, 2012
Rest in Peace Leslie. Keep Heaven Weird. We will miss you.
March 08, 2012
RIP Kathy- Omaha, NE
March 08, 2012
Wow so hard to believe I thought youd live forever... But your spirit does! God rest your soul and keep your spirit Ali e!
March 08, 2012
Dear Leslie, you will be missed. Your presence here and the acceptance you enjoyed made me love Austin even more than before. I hope you are at peace, wearing your thong and heels in heaven.
March 08, 2012
Leslie, your home was and will always be Austin.
March 08, 2012
I work on 6th street and you were always a joy. you will be missed. Rest in peace. See you on the other side, Spread that smile all over heaven.
March 08, 2012
It has been a few years my friend. I pray you are at peace now. Downtown and South Austin will never be the same without your colorful and warm presence.
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace ol friend
March 08, 2012
danced with you at the blue flamingo since 96 danced with you in the park danced with you down south congress and will always miss your smile and great laugh may you rest in peace thanks for being you
March 08, 2012
Austin will miss you. You are what makes us so special and we will keep your memory living.
March 08, 2012
R.I.P Austin will never be the same
March 08, 2012
Leslie, you were a fun, weird, integral part of my workday life for 7 years. Rest in peace, my friend.
March 08, 2012
Austin has lost a true one today.

RIP Leslie.
March 08, 2012
Leslie, you will definitely be missed. Gone but NEVER forgotten.
March 08, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. May Leslie be remembered by good memories of all.
March 08, 2012
I loved seeing Leslie everywhere I went, but my favorite was the time he spent in Westlake. It just made my heart happy that he added a splash of color to Westlake Hills and blessed us with his presence in his outfits on Bee Caves Rd. Thank you Leslie.... I will always remember you and I will always speak well of you. God bless.....
March 08, 2012
God speed my friend from Shawn, Jennifer, and family...
March 08, 2012
I raise a toast to a man who had the courage to live his life exactly as he wanted to without regard to what other people thought. You will be misses by many, many people!
March 08, 2012
Man you were cool as Hell! We... Austin... are gonna mis you Bro! Rock heaven as if you were on sixth with the same passion...
March 08, 2012
He was an advocate for the homeless and will be missed.
March 08, 2012
Every time we ran into each other you let me know that Austin was only big enough for 1 eccentric. Dance all night!
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace. South Austin will not be the same without you.
March 08, 2012
you gave me the business every time you saw me and made sure I knew that Austin was only big enough for 1 eccentric. Gonna miss ya girl. Dance all night!
March 08, 2012
He was an Austin Icon, I remember seeing him as I grew up in Austin. Where else can one get respected as much as he did But the greatest town on earth!!!
March 08, 2012
R.I.P. LESLIE ,I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING YOU AND TALKING TO YOU, TOOK SUM PICS OF YOU WITH A BIG SMILE,,,,, YOU WILL BE MISSED NO MATTER WHAT YOU WERE A RAY OF SUNSHINE,,,, THAT KEEPS AND KEPT AUSTIN WEIRD,,,R.I.P.......
March 08, 2012
U will be truly missed along with your hot bright thongs & rocking heels!!
March 08, 2012
You always brought a smile to my face on my drive to work while you waved howdy to the passers by. May you rest in peace.
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie. Austin has lost another piece of it's personality. We'll miss you.
March 08, 2012
LESLIE..YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS THE TRUE AUSTINITE..yOUR TUTU IS NOW RETIRED AND YOU ARE IN A MUCH MORE RELAXING PLACE..SING WITH THE ANGEL'S AND KEEP GOD BUSY..KEEP IT WEIRD WHERE EVER YOU MAYBE..
March 08, 2012
Met you once Leslie on congress what a great day that was drinks, friends and a show provided by Leslie..

Rest Easy Leslie!
March 08, 2012
Leslie, u shall be missed and i will NEVER for get u my dear friend...
March 08, 2012
Leslie. You Are Amazing For Just The Way You Are Inside And
Out!

Anne E. Gehrlein , San Antonio
March 08, 2012
Austin won't be the same without you Leslie, Keeping the otherside weird now... ATX will never forget you!
March 08, 2012
It was on 6th and congress that I first spoke with you. I was driving a city bus. And you smiled when i opened the door and said hello. I would go by everday at the same time. And you would be there with a great big smile. you would make my day a little brighter. Will see you when we get there. Rest in peace.
March 08, 2012
Never had a chance to have a beer with this dude. My loss. Peace!
March 08, 2012
I spoke with you briefly at the last Eeyore's Birthday Party at Pease Park. You were nice, courteous, and made everyone near you very comfortable. Very friendly and outgoing guy. Hope that you lived the life that you wanted. I want to enjoy life as much as you did.
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace, Leslie. Austin won't be the same without you.
March 08, 2012
Rip Leslie! You have left a lasting impression in ATX
March 08, 2012
There will never be another quite like you Leslie. Here is a little ditty I think I think you would enjoy, "Freckles on her Butt"(The Freckle Song):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt7glLk7TDU
Godspeed.
March 08, 2012
I saw him in half priced books. Say what you will he was a smart guy and an Austin icon. I known he will be missed by many. Rest in peace in your hot pants and go go boots, buddy.
March 08, 2012
Oh man! Can only imagine your last thoughts! I hope you did go in peace with your family by your side....Dance the night away Leslie. You're the only reason I have to wear heels, boa and embrace the FREAK in me. For myself in your memory, I'll be true to myself and keep on being weird.
March 08, 2012
Leslie truely an original personality.
March 08, 2012
We left Austin six years ago, but one of our fondest memories is of Leslie. He was truly an Austin icon of the weird that is so happily Austin. Part of that fun is now gone, but we thank Leslie for the fun--you will be missed.
March 08, 2012
I remember Leslie when I was myself roaming g 6to th street in the late 80s.
March 08, 2012
I can't believe leslie is gone. I'm 29 years old and I still remember the first time I seen Leslie I was 13 years old hanging out in downtown and I seen Leslie for the first time. I will always look up to Leslie as a human being and a role model not because Leslie was weird but because he knew who he was. Not everybody can understand the person Leslie was but I could and I could see Leslie the real Leslie. I just seen him a couple months ago and he was still the same and I remember a customer looking at him in a very rude way but I just smiled at Leslie and told him have nice day and told him bye he was always so sweet and anybody who looked at him in a bad way it's because you can't understand the kind of person he was. Thanks for being here Leslie you will always be remembered by me.
March 08, 2012
I still remember the first time I saw you on Sixth St. It was propably 15 years ago. Austin is a little less Austin without you.
March 08, 2012
Thank you for the memories and the love! You will be missed!
March 08, 2012
seen u once or twice but never met u , but heard of u.. U will be missed. & the leslie day and statue is a good idea
March 08, 2012
Rest in Peace Leslie
March 08, 2012
I remember being with some friends and you just strolled by in a pink thong. It was the first time that I had ever seen you, but I liked you immediately. I remember that we gave you some cigarettes and chatted for at least an hour, until it was time for you to stroll off in the night.

You're a good person who will be missed. Rest easy, brother.
March 08, 2012
Leslie, you will be so very missed.
I never met you, personaly. but I do remember seeing you around Austin.
Austin, Tx. has lost a very special person. I am in favor of a statue of leslie Cochran. WE HAVE TO KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD. Leslie go with God. rest in peace. Greg Hill.
March 08, 2012
I never got to see you or meet you but have heard many stories!!! You are an icon and forever be a ledgend!!! I agree with naming this day after you and agree with the statue!!! You will be missed very much and always in our hearts!!!
March 08, 2012
Here is a man who knew life as it was meant to be. FREE. I will not forget.
March 08, 2012
Fair sailing on tranquil waters, Amigo!
March 08, 2012
R.I.P.Leslie...
March 08, 2012
You will be missed Leslie
March 08, 2012
Love. Leslie. Godspeed.
March 08, 2012
Leslie you showed people how to live life to the fullest. I met you while living on the streets of Austin and you always brought a smile to my face no matter what was going on. I have been blessed in having met you as many others have. Thank you for being you. God bless
March 08, 2012
Leslie was our first welcome to Austin and made us so excited to be in a city that embraced uniqueness. Leslie will be missed terribly.
March 08, 2012
I will miss seeing you around Austin. I am in favor of a statue located at your favorite corner. You helped Austin be unique, to say the least. Godspeed on your journey.
March 08, 2012
Austin wont be the same.Thanks for you being there...
March 08, 2012
In honor of the man that made Friday nights on 6th street so much fun! RIP Leslie....you will be greatly missed.
March 08, 2012
Thanks, Leslie, for your kind heart and for the flavor you brought to Austin's streets. What a bright star Heaven has gained today. Go with God, Austin's "weird" friend.
March 08, 2012
Bon Voyage! You made our lives better.
March 08, 2012
It is an honor to have meet such a one of a kind diamond in the ruff you have been such an inspiration to many and will always continue to be. You are always gonna be known as Austin's number 1 celebrity and Icon.Divas get remembered but Legends never die keep heaven WEIRD cause now Austin will always feel weird without you. You will always be STATU-US <3
March 08, 2012
Leslie, you showed how life could really be lived....Happy Trails to you..S.Short
March 08, 2012
rest in peace! we'll carry on the legacy of weird!
March 08, 2012
Providing color to a place with one's existence is a noble occupation. Now that you have accomplished that, rest in peace, Leslie.
March 08, 2012
My prayers are with you and your family. We will surely miss you, Leslie.
March 08, 2012
Leslie, you were this small town girls first big city story to share with family. A bearded man in a hot pink bikini & heels on 6th St! You were a breath of fresh air & reason to smile. I'll never forget you & will make sure my children know that once upon a time there was this courageous icon with such style & flare! You will be missed.
March 08, 2012
Long ago my friend we rode to Katz and I bought you dinner. THANK YOU for accepting my offer and for being a great human. You were the best. An amazing voice for ... well... for being you <3
March 08, 2012
Thank you, Leslie, for being you.
March 08, 2012
You will forever be missed!
March 08, 2012
In Mesa, Az we had a personality like Leslie who was loveable and memorable. I know how hard it is for a community to lose someone like that. May he rest in peace and may God be with him, his family (blood related and not blood related) and friends and the community as they deal with his loss. The more I hear about him, the more I wish I had met him. God Speed Leslie!
March 08, 2012
Prayers for you and to your family. I know you will be missed by everyone.
March 08, 2012
R.I.P. Leslie.
Austin's loss, Heaven's gain.
March 08, 2012
if anyone knows more about this rumored Leslie statue, please keep the Statesman in the loop. As the "F1 era" creeps in it's more important than ever that we celebrate those that helped establish Austin's identity and make it the desirable place that it is to so many these days. You'll be missed, Leslie.
March 08, 2012
Leslie,You will be missed and loved in our hearts. You kept Austin weird,but now Austin will be weird without you...R.I.P.
March 08, 2012
Leslie ~ RIP, Heaven just got another bright STAR!
March 08, 2012
Leslie, you always put a smile on my face. You'll be missed by so many people. Thanks for giving Austin so much love.
March 08, 2012
Ill always remember you..Leslie, Austin will miss you dearly.I hope you find comfort in where you at!!
March 08, 2012
Thanks Leslie for variation and change to the Austin area. We are all God's children created in his image and we should remember, NONE of us are perfect and we all have different ideas and challengers, thats what makes us unique. It would be a boring world if everyone was like everyone else.
To the people in Austin who disagreed with you, remember what I said. We can disagree with someone and not be hateful but still be friends. Shalom to you.
March 08, 2012
Thank you for being a stranger in a strange land, Leslie. Sending thoughts out into the cosmos. Friends and family: consider this a hug.
March 08, 2012
Thanks for all the entertainment you've given Austin's visitors thought the years! There will never be another “Leslie” You will be missed!
March 08, 2012
You were pure magic. A significant facet of Austin has passed with you. Thank you for being you.
March 08, 2012
Godspeed Leslie...you have lots of people upstairs to make smile now.
March 08, 2012
Sorry that your time here on earth was so short, Leslie - thank you for being you, and showing all of us how it's done! You will be dearly missed!
March 08, 2012
Leslie- Your presence in Austin made me realize this is where I belong- where being an individual is really honored and respected. I am so sad my children will never have the chance to meet you.
March 08, 2012
Thank you Leslie for your enthusiastic support and appreciation of our music.

Four Pegs and a Pug
March 08, 2012
I first meet Leslie at a parade and he had "Kiss This " (for the police) written on his bottom....cracked me up. A true free spirit, made me laugh. Keep it wierd Leslie, you will be missed
March 08, 2012
At one time, way back when, Leslie was quite the "mountain man". No costumes or g-strings. Just a good hearted, kind man. When I was mayor, sometime between 2002 - 2005, "Alicia Leslie" came back to the valley. Quite the stir in our small town.(900 or so people) Oak Creek accepted him as well, but Austin was his home. He was an old soul. RIP my friend.Thank you good people of Austin.
March 08, 2012
Seeing Leslie made moving here from SF less painful. He always made me smile.
March 08, 2012
It's hard to believe you're really gone... you'll be missed Leslie. It was fun chatting with you the times I was heading to ACC. Hope you have a safe journey and hope to see you again someday
March 08, 2012
Miss you Mucho!
March 08, 2012
Condolences to the family. Leslie will be greatly missed. My time at UT wouldn't have been the same without him. Austin will never be the same without him, but his legacy will carry on.
March 08, 2012
You have always kept Austin Alive. Missing you dearly.
March 08, 2012
Farewell Leslie, Thank you for keeping Austin Weird. You made us smile and laugh, you will be remembered by many.
March 08, 2012
Thank you Leslie, you were and always will be known as Austin's "Leslie." Strange, I just asked a UT Student if she had heard of you and she said no. Unfortunately, now she has.......Enjoy Heaven Leslie!
March 08, 2012
Leslie: you were one of a kind. I can just see you strutting your stuff in heaven. Rest in peace.
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace, my friend.. we're gonna miss you
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace, you will be missed! You were the best asset of Austin, Tx
March 08, 2012
Thank you, Leslie, for bringing your light to Austin. My dog, Grange, says thank you for the delicious biscuits. Happy Trails to you...
March 08, 2012
Leslie, thanks for making Austin unique. We've missed your presence around town. God speed...
March 08, 2012
Heaven is lucky to have you.. You Keep Heaven as wierd as you kept Austin! Youre still here with us and we'll keep on with your Legacy.. May you RIP.
March 08, 2012
Leslie "Ya know everybody wants to take pictures, but they don't pay me anymore!" You're great, and definitely will be missed! -Rose B
March 08, 2012
Cheers Leslie! You will be missed. We will share your story with our future generations.
March 08, 2012
Leslie once rode by my sister and me on his bike. We were walking to class at UT. He was wearing a leopard thong and had a big bam bam bone in his hair. He sure knew how to cheer people up! We will miss you Leslie!
March 08, 2012
My mom introduced me to Leslie when I was 8 back in '83. That man has been in my downtown life for almost 30 years. It will not be the same knowing that I am never going to bump into him ever again. The whole city will miss you my friend. R.I.P.
March 08, 2012
You will always be remembered in the hearts of Austin.
March 08, 2012
Today Austin has officially become a little less weird. You will be missed!!
March 08, 2012
Good Bye to Austin's favorite icon! I'll never forget the priveledge of dancing in the middle of 6th street with you as so many of us did! You will be greatly missed and fondly remembered! R.I.P
March 08, 2012
Safe journey Leslie, to wherever the weird wander in the hereafter. You helped make Austin a town in which I could relate and feel accepted and for that, I will be forever grateful.
March 08, 2012
Keep the after life weird, Leslie. We'll miss you here.
March 08, 2012
You were, and still are, an awesome person. Helped Austin stay wierd, no matter what it will be passed on thru generations. Thank you for everything youve done during the years. You'll be in our hearts. RIP and the heavens will be honored to have you!
March 08, 2012
I first saw Leslie in 2000, My daughter was 6 years old at the time. It was Christmas time and we had taken a ride downtown Congress to see the Christmas lights. We were headed North on Congress toward the Capitol and stopped at the light at Riverside and Congress. My daughter was in the back seat in her car seat and she suddenly said, "Mom look!" I looked at her to see what she was wanting me to look at .. and she was looking out the right side window ... there was a person on a 10 speed bike, had come to a stop at the light...... It was Leslie wearing a red thong with a cotton ball on his behind, had a Santa red and white Cape and a santa cap. I had heard of Leslie and his appearances around Austin so when I looked.... my first thought was... "that's Leslie" I was not sure how to explain it to my 6 year old daughter...... I merely smiled and she said Mom I like her Santa outfit. I agreed with her, the light changed and we watched as Leslie rode off toward the Capital down Congress. my daughter is now 18 years old and when she heard Leslie passed she was sad and said that she will always remember Leslie at Christmas time and the first time she ever saw Leslie riding down Congress in her Santa outfit. Thanks for the memory Leslie! RIP
March 08, 2012
Thank you, Leslie, for keeping our sense of humor often strong, sometimes politically incorrect, and always weird. You are remembered fondly, even if you did choose to continue wearing white after Labor Day...
March 08, 2012
Leslie, Thank you for opening our hearts and minds. You are a treasure to be remembered always. Austin is a better place because of you. You will be missed more than you know.
March 08, 2012
Aw, today you will be missed but I know you are as happy as can be in Heaven. Say Hi to my dad for me Leslie. You will be missed.. RIP..
March 08, 2012
leslie we will miss you and you're wonderful sense of style i will always remeber you and youre smile thank you for being you my thoughts and prayers condolences to you're family
jeanette del valle
March 08, 2012
You will be greatly missed. Thanks for teaching me it's never a bad thing to be MYSELF and let people SEE who I am! Thanks for standing up for your beliefs and keeping Austin Weird.
March 08, 2012
Leslie you will be missed. Thanks for keeping Austin wierd!!
March 08, 2012
May you rest in peace friend. You will be missed, and never forgotten.
March 08, 2012
Leslie , thank you, you had a way to bring a smile to so many people's faces in AUSTIN,, YOU MADE AUSTIN, AUSTIN YOU BE MISSED..
March 08, 2012
Leslie. One of a kind who had the coutrage to follow his own star. You leave a trail of memories in the stardust. thank you!
March 08, 2012
I always loved people who..."Travel To The Beat Of A Different Drum"...keep bangin' that drum, Leslie !
March 08, 2012
Thanks for making it easier for all of us to express ourselves. Austintageous you made it real
March 08, 2012
We will miss you, Leslie. Thanks for showing us how to live each day in celebration. Godspeed, sweet spirit.
March 08, 2012
You will be missed and thanks for all the good times! I will have to give your backstage passes to someone ells now. RIP Leslie!
March 08, 2012
Rest well Leslie. You have given so much to Austin. We will miss your light.
March 08, 2012
I met Leslie about 3yrs ago and took a pic with him. And I thought wow he is VERY unique and he will be missed in Austin!
March 08, 2012
I met Leslie on 6th in 2001. I was by myself looking for a place to party. We had a nice long chat. True to form Leslie was dressed in fishnets accompanied by a boa. I had hoped our paths would cross again. RIP Leslie
March 08, 2012
I'll never forget the first time I saw Leslie on Congress Ave. I always looked forward to seeing him after that! I always thought it was Leslie who made "Austin weird" and I loved him for that! You will be missed by my family and I. Leslie...keep strutting your stuff in heaven!
March 08, 2012
Thank you for all of the stories and the smiles that we Austinites will hold near and dear for years to come.
March 08, 2012
Leslie's passing was quite a shock to me, I recently spoke with him after he had stopped in at a local Austin coffee shop where my band was playing. Leslie came up to the stage and grabbed a mic and encouraged the audience to "tip the band", then he threw a $5 tip in our tip bucket and left shortly thereafter. This is just one example of his generosity and support of local musicians, but I'm sure that many folks around Austin would have similar stories to tell.
Leslie will be surely missed, God rest his beautiful soul.
March 08, 2012
Leslie, Vaya con Dios...
March 08, 2012
Dear Leslie, thank you for keeping Austin weird. We will miss you. You were always colorful, kind and very smart. Austin has suffered a great loss. We love you and we will always remember you.
March 08, 2012
March 08, 2012
Leslie,
I am grateful you lived life as yourself; sad that you are gone. Thank you for your big-hearted self. You are missed and mourned.
March 08, 2012
He was like a modern-day Diogenes, challenging our ability to tolerate people not like ourselves. For the most part, Austin passed the test.

Leslie was proof that Austin had the heart and soul that it claimed to possess. And he understood joy.

I'll miss knowing that he's around, even if I only saw him a few times (and he always made me laugh). A Leslie sighting turned a bad day around every time.

Perhaps more than anybody, his life was important to the wonderful wierdness that Austin has become. I hope that spirit will not disappear.
March 08, 2012
Thanks for seeing things in there on beauty.. It was a pleasure to meet you back in the day !!!!!
March 08, 2012
Living on your own terms takes courage. Living on Leslie's terms took fabulous.
March 08, 2012
I went to Austin and stayed on 6th Street where I met Leslie, sweet man, great fashion sense. You will be missed!
March 08, 2012
Truly an Austin icon!!! You will be missed Leslie!! May you R.I.P
March 08, 2012
A few years ago a friend of mine was stationed in Iraq and requested an autographed picture of Leslie. My friend worked with a Marine pilot who had visited Austin and while driving down Congress Ave saw a man in a g-string and a tiara, a Leslie sigthing!!! I got a couple of 8x10 pictures of Leslie and he gladly signed them for me and I mailed them to Iraq. Leslie wound up being a Iraq war 'pin-up' at Camp Victory. I heard the marines and other troops created a little shrine around his 8x10 picture.
March 08, 2012
Austin won't be as weird without Leslie holding court in a UT cheerleaders uniform at 6th and Congress. RIP to a city legend.
March 08, 2012
Leslie, my good friend I hope you remember to take your bikini on your one heck of a ifetime trip. I'm sure you'll fit right in - can't wait to meet again.
March 08, 2012
Thanks for keeping Austin weird all of those years! This town will never be the same without you. You were one of a kind! You will be missed!
March 08, 2012
Thank you Leslie. Those of us you leave behind will carry on.
March 08, 2012
First time we met Leslie "up close" was in 2002. He was "holding court" on the ACL shuttle bus. Last time we saw him was in 2010 at ACL. We'll miss you, Leslie. RIP.
March 08, 2012
An absolute Austin icon. He will be missed!
March 08, 2012
Leslie, you gave us reason for smiles. You've likely found the busiest corner in Heaven by now. RIP.
March 08, 2012
A unique life and person gone too soon....
Leslie, hope you wear something FABULOUS when you enter the heavenly gates!
March 08, 2012
You will be missed, Rest In Peace!
March 08, 2012
I met Leslie during my first few weeks in Austin. I was at this pizza place off of 6th with a friend where they were blaring disco. All of a sudden, this guy in a g-string and heels burst in and started dancing in the middle of the restaurant, and everyone cheered him on.

After he left, my friend pointed out this mural of local celebrities that was painted on the wall; Leslie was right up there with Sandra Bullock and Willie Nelson.

RIP, this city won't be the same without you.
March 08, 2012
RIP LESLIE!! MAY THE ANGELS SURROUND YOU IN HEAVEN!!!!!LOVE YOU!!!!
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie.
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie, we sure will miss you here in Austin.
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie, keep the afterlife weird!!
March 08, 2012
I hope you are rockin' the thong and heels in heaven today, Leslie! You are missed and 6th at Congress will never be the same without you!
March 08, 2012
You didn't just make being WEIRD cool, You made it FAMOUS! RIP Leslie. :'(
March 08, 2012
Blessings! Werk it in the Elysian Fields!
March 08, 2012
One of Austin's Wierdest has left for a better place. A final cheers to you, our freckle cheeked ambassador!
March 08, 2012
R.I.P. Leslie...you will be missed around Austin. ROT Rally's won't be the same.

Wendy
March 08, 2012
Leslie,

I moved to Austin 8 years ago and remember well seeing you on 6th street with all your glory. I felt Austin that day. Rest in peace sir.
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace. I live out of town and saw you twice in my life. You definately add to the joy of Austin. Your spirit lives on with independent living people all the time.
March 08, 2012
Sometimes humble beginnings produce greatness! R.I.P. Leslie!
March 08, 2012
Keep Heaven weird Leslie...
March 08, 2012
Leslie, My entire family loved you. My Mother lived in Austin years ago before she passed and she loved going downtown to see Leslie. I am sure she was waiting for him in heaven and of course loved his shoes!
March 08, 2012
I'll always remember looking down from the stage at the old metro to see you enjoying one of our shows and the effect you had on the roadies from Savatage as they were trying to unload a hefty flight case before a show and dropped it as they looked at you walking past the tourbus. It's probably been said hundreds of times already, but Austin is a little less wierd today and that makes me sad. R.I.P Leslie
March 08, 2012
I saw him in town on occasion, and avoided speaking to him because he didn't look like he wanted to be bothered. Let him strike first, was my theory. I think leaving him alone was the right thing to do in my case. Strangely enough, I had a grudging admiration for him and seek to fill the void he left.
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie....the Austin City Council could have benefited from your leadership.
March 08, 2012
Thanks for the fun, laughter, pictures and wonderfully stimulating conversations.
RIP Leslie and much Love on your new journey ?
March 08, 2012
Keep Heaven Weird Leslie! Thanks for the memories!
March 08, 2012
Thanks for being YOU! You always looked better than a bikini than I ever could...
Liz
March 08, 2012
Thanks for always helping to keep Austin Wierd. I had a great time in court with you. You had the tannest butt of anyone I ever met.Fondly-Jennifer F.
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie ... we'll miss ya at ROT Rally this year !!!
March 08, 2012
The first time I ever saw saw Leslie Cochran was in the valet station at Eddie V's, when he slid right next to a I-won't-name-him-here State Representative and his companion --- and made them super, super uncomfortable when he wanted us to take a photo of the three of them. Then, about a week later, while watching a mayoral debate on public access TV, we watched Candidate Cochran challenge the others that because they'd never lived in a cardboard box before, they weren't in tune with the city and its economy. We'd lived here about a month, and quickly recognized that guy on TV as the same one in the thong outside Eddie V's. Austin --- my favorite city in the world --- is just a little less weird today.
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie. Austin won't be the same without you. Will miss seeing you around.
March 08, 2012
R.I.P. Leslie!! You will be missed but never forgotten,Austin will never be the same without you, You were the character,spirit and soul of Austin and how it should always be!! Thank you for being you!! Have fun on the other side & show'em what you're made of!!! <3 A.J.
March 08, 2012
R.I.P. Leslie!! You will be missed but never forgotten,Austin will never be the same without you, You were the character,spirit and soul of Austin and how it should always be!! Thank you for being you!! Have fun on the other side & show'em what you're made of!!! <3 A.J.
March 08, 2012
Vios con dios Leslie, you were the best vote I ever made.
March 08, 2012
I first saw you in the early 90s way up on North Lamar and Braker. You added amazing color to that part of town for sure :). You were a part of the Weird that has made Austin great. We'll miss you and hope you are living large up there.
March 08, 2012
Godspeed, Leslie...it took courage to live life on your own terms. Glad our paths crossed when I worked downtown.
March 08, 2012
Thanks for walking around town with shears and clipping my hedges. And for making a yourself well at home at one of my more swanky open houses.
March 08, 2012
Thank you for the big, warm smiles and wonderful memories, dear sir!
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace Leslie! We will miss you.
March 08, 2012
You will be missed!
Thank you for being you,
Thank you for staying true
Leslie Cochran, there will never be anyone like you.
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie... there will never be another like you. thanks for the memories.
March 08, 2012
Loved by many, missed by the masses. Leslie, you are a true Austin Icon. Always interesting and a pleasure to visit with you.
March 08, 2012
From friend, artist, and fellow South Austin fan, Carol Stensrud.

"At Jo's in Peace."

Painted on the morning of Leslie's death.
March 08, 2012
Farewell Leslie. You will be missed. You are one of the many things I love about the great city of Austin.
March 08, 2012
Thank you, Leslie, for helping make Austin weird (and wonderful)! You rocked a thong better than a lot of women could. May you rest in peace.
March 08, 2012
One of my best Austin memories was buying you cognac at Charlies during your 2nd run for Mayor. You looked fetching in your blue flight attendant's outfit. Smarter than many gave you credit for. RIP dude…we'll miss you.
March 08, 2012
Leslie is an inspiration in that he lived the way he wanted to and never let the man get him down.

Thanks for making my mom uncomfortable Leslie! That was priceless! Rest in peace!
March 08, 2012
Thank you and RIP Leslie. An era here in Austin has sadly ended. Laurie
March 08, 2012
I love Austin. Rest in peace.
March 08, 2012
Rest in Peace,
Leslie, Austin will miss you.
March 08, 2012
Austin lost an icon. The fun just moved on to another realm. Always a joy talking and seeing you. You will be missed!
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace Leslie! Today has brought back many fine memories of my time working at 6th and Congress. You taught me that kindness can come in many forms; be it from a man in a tiara and stilettos.
March 08, 2012
REST IN PEACE LIFE STILL LIVES ON UP IN THE HEAVENS! U WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED BY ALL YOUR FANS
March 08, 2012
You you rest in eternal peace....
March 08, 2012
I remember a visit to Austin when I was in high school in 1999. It was my first encounter with Leslie. It was a deciding factor is taking up residence in this city. Leslie, your relationship with Austin defined our spirit of unity in diversity and helped me find my own place within this community. You will be missed, but we will strive to carry on the spirit of your unique presence.
March 08, 2012
As I worked near 6th and Congress for many years, I daily discovered Leslie's latest attire. A "specicl treat" was when he'd bend over (away from me) in his thong! He had the best calves, in those heels. He deserves the rest. Peace, at last.
March 08, 2012
sorry to see you go...you lived your life the way you wanted and made those around you smile. God Bless you!
March 08, 2012
Leslie, RIP - Thank you for always being you!
March 08, 2012
You will be missed, Leslie! Thanks for showing us how to truly Keep Austin Weird. I'm so glad I got share this city with you.
March 08, 2012
Thanks for the wild ride Leslie! You made me a more accepting person....going to miss you (and your thong!)....Godspeed
March 08, 2012
Thanks for hanging and talking with me at 6th and Congress while I waited for the late night bus back in the day. You made me feel safe and comfortable.
March 08, 2012
We miss you Leslie! Thank you for welcoming me to Austin in your cheerleading uniform and hot pink high heels!
March 08, 2012
You were some character. I just hope more people were like you...carefree!! Hope to see you in heaven,
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace Leslie. You will be missed. Austin will not be the same without you.
March 08, 2012
R.I.P. to an awesome, original! You will be sorely missed. No one will ever fill your stilettos.Thank you for keeping Austin weird.. <3
March 08, 2012
YOUR MEMORY WILL LIVE ON IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS "LONGHORNS" LESLIE. YOU WILL STILL HAVE THAT FAMOUS FRIENDSHIP IN THE HEAVENS.
March 08, 2012
You were a weird yet wonderful individual Leslie. I'm sure Heaven is a brighter place because of you, your style and your sense of fashion . RIP.
March 08, 2012
Rest in peace Leslie! Austin will not be the same.
March 08, 2012
thanks for the memories. you're unforgettable and made Austin a cooler place.
March 08, 2012
sorry to hear the sad new of Leslies death. A big part of Austin gone. On my many times in Austin have seen him. R.I.P from Galway Ireland
March 08, 2012
Godspeed Leslie. The memory, good or bad, of you shaking your butt while my wife and I had breakfast at Guero's will last forever. Austin is a little less weird today.
March 08, 2012
So long Leslie, The first person I saw on Congress when I moved to Austin was you. We'll never forget you, RIP
March 08, 2012
Leslie, I hope to see you in heaven. Here's to you!! Evelyn
March 08, 2012
I sure am glad I got to meet Leslie some years ago. It was always an unexpected pleasure to see him around town. I am sure the angels are glad to see you.
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie. You will be missed. May the weirdness live on.
March 08, 2012
Little by little, Austin disappears. Thank you, Leslie, for reminding us that diversity is richness.
March 08, 2012
All my love, Leslie. May you find rest.
March 08, 2012
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March 08, 2012
Austin will never be the same without you, Leslie. Truly an end of an era in Austin wierdness.
March 08, 2012
He was my friend help me with my kids . I am going to miss him. love you Leslie
March 08, 2012
I'll miss our clothing exchanges and your bare cheeks. Heaven just got a little more interesting...RIP bud! <3
March 08, 2012
RIP buddy.
March 08, 2012
He was an integral part of the Austin culture and I'm afraid we've lost some of our character with his passing. I hope his influence is carried on in the spirit of others.
March 08, 2012
living on south lamar, i saw you all the time. my days and nights just will not be the same with out you. you are truly missed.
March 08, 2012
Rip Leslie.. you made Austin weird and we will keep it that way in remembrance of you.
March 08, 2012
I will miss seeing you around town and at all the festivals! You will be missed!
March 08, 2012
Peace Leslie. I hope you're kicking up your heels in the afterlife.
March 08, 2012
It was an honor to meet you, Leslie. Heaven just gained some color and spunk. Can't wait to see what you'll do to that angel outfit!
March 08, 2012
Austin will never be the same without you! You WILL be missed.
March 08, 2012
Leslie, I bought you a few beers back in the day a Lucies Retired Surfer bar. God -Speed.
March 08, 2012
Travel safely and get some rest, Leslie Bodhisattva.
March 08, 2012
You'll be missed dearly, Leslie. I hope there is a place beyond where you can continue to make everyone smile and strut your stuff! Rest in peace friend!
March 08, 2012
What a guy. RIP.
March 08, 2012
Austin is a little less weirder today.
RIP, you magnificent freak.
March 08, 2012
Thanks Leslie for keepin it real and sharing your life with Austin. You'll be missed my friend. Until next time..
March 08, 2012
I will miss your smiling face all around town, and your flamboyant costumes too! Shannon
March 08, 2012
R.I.P Leslie. you deserve a statue too
March 08, 2012
Thanks for the vibrant life you filled Austin's streets with.I am happy to have known you. Thanks for keepin it real.
March 08, 2012
Thanks, Leslie, for making Austin a lot more fun. You'll be missed.
March 08, 2012
Austin just got a little less weird. Thank you Leslie, for helping us face our fears of the unknown for the past years.
March 08, 2012
R.I.P. Leslie, I'll raise a glass of stout tonight in your honor.May you be in a happy place.
March 08, 2012
An Austin Icon, amazing how many people in my office have pictures with him. His stories will be missed.
March 08, 2012
Leslie will be sorely missed. He was a real "sweetie pie." I am hopeful that his spirit will continue to dwell in our dear city and remind us that Austin is weird ... in a very wonderful way.
March 08, 2012
rip Leslie i loved going downtown jus to see you gon miss you
March 08, 2012
Austin will miss ya!
March 08, 2012
We will miss you Leslie. God Bless.
March 08, 2012
Thanks for doing your part to 'keep austin weird'- you will be missed.
March 08, 2012
We love you Leslie...and we will miss you. I will always cherish the wonderful pictures we all took, your funny jokes, and your love for people. I will always remember times when you brought my dog ice during a hot summer festival and times you helped other homeless people and their dogs. *Peace*
March 08, 2012
Thanks Leslie for making Austin a bright light.
March 08, 2012
March 08, 2012
RIP Leslie- you will be missed
March 08, 2012
Rest In Peace, Leslie. You will be missed and Austin won't be the same without you. Eternal love and peace.
March 08, 2012
Leslie stopped by my house once and shared a taco with me, my daugher and my friends. We had colorful conversation;)
He will greatly be missed.
March 08, 2012
R.I.P. Leslie.
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