Kevin Short, Towering Figure in West Hollywood Known as WeHo Jesus, Dies at 57

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The U.S. Supreme Court had just given its blessing for same-sex marriage in California in the summer of 2013 and West Hollywood was in a mood to celebrate.

Kevin Short, dressed as Jesus, looks on as people take photos during the Halloween Carnaval in West Hollywood in 2013. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Kevin Short, dressed as Jesus, looks on as people take photos during the Halloween Carnaval in West Hollywood in 2013. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

As the crowds gathered and the enthusiasm swelled, there — standing silently amid the masses — was Jesus, wearing sunglasses and a long white robe. He held a sign that read, simply: “Marry Who You Love.”

The towering figure wasn’t Jesus of Nazareth, of course, but rather Kevin Short, a man who’d become a familiar figure as he walked the streets dressed as Christ in a community where he came to be known as WeHo Jesus.

Short, who also went by the name Kevin Lee Light, died Dec. 13 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to California death records. Brian Hamilton, a longtime friend and neighbor, said Short died after a brief illness. He was 57.

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