AUSTIN — Hundreds gathered Sunday to honor the life of an Austin icon. Leslie Cochran, a local legend, was known for his eccentric attitude. Cochran was always seen wearing fishnet stockings and high heels downtown. But on Sunday, he was better remembered for his service to the Austin community.
Dressed in wigs, colorful clothing and hats, a large crowd sang together, cheered and prayed before releasing a white dove into the air to honor Cochran's memory.
The 60-year-old passed away while in hospice care. His health had been declining after suffering a serious head injury in 2009. Three weeks ago, Cochran fell and hit his head again.
Cochran's friends are focusing on the joy he brought to Austin and the world.
"From what I see, he meant a whole lot," said Alice Leslie Cochran Masterson, Chochran's sister. "He reached out. The unconditional love for this city is amazing. I think he brought awareness to the less fortunate."
Cochran also ran for Austin mayor in 2000. He garnered eight percent of the vote.
His friends are making plans for international news coverage of his life.