WeHo Jesus has died

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Whether known as West Hollywood Jesus or Kevin Lee Light, one of the cities most recognizable and eccentric locals has died. 

Kevin Short, with his long hair and beard, was usually seen walking up and down Sunset Boulevard in a long, flowing white gown and many times holding a sign proclaiming “Marry Who You Love,” died Dec. 13 at the age of 57, the WEHOville reported Wednesday night.
 
A member of Short’s family told WEHOville that he died on Dec. 13 and that his family, which lives in Pasadena, received his ashes Wednesday. Short’s family has not mentioned his cause of death.
 
Short was an actor and has appeared in several award-winning comedic public information videos produced by the City of West Hollywood.
 
Short was featured in Lana Del Rey’s music videos and rock band Aerosmith even wrote a song, ‘Street Jesus,’ about him.
 
In a 2012 Los Angeles Magazine story, Greg Boss wrote, “Los Angeles is known for having all kinds of characters, but walking the streets as the Son of God in the City of Angels has a certain poetic ring to it. Thanks to smart phones and the miracle of social media, the sunglasses-sporting impersonator has gone from being just another West Hollywood oddball to human meme, with hundreds of pictures posted online as well as a devoted flock of Twitter followers via the @IsawJesusinLA feed.”
 

West Hollywood Jesus, who was seen along Sunset Boulevard, has died at the age of 57. Photo: Brian Kemm.

 

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBT community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBT students.