Los Angeles Mourns Kevin Short, aka Hollywood Jesus

Hollywood Jesus, aka WeHo Jesus, aka Kevin Short, aka Kevin Lee Light, passed away on December 13, 2017, at Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles. He was a regular at the Comedy Store, YouTube’s “WeHoans,” The annual Pride March, and was often featured on TMZ. He was known for being an avid gardener, having a kind heart and for taking pictures with anyone who asked.

With the blessing of Kevin’s family, there will be a candlelight vigil Sunday, January 7, from 4:30 PM until 6 PM in West Hollywood Park at 647 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood. A local councilmember and the Mayor Protem will be speaking.  Attendees are encouraged to bring candles, lighters, florals, photos, etc., and should dress for cold weather. Event page.

Jesus and Tequila

I have known Kevin since 2010. He used to come to my Jazz gigs. We always had a great time together. I would take him to the Rainbow and he would sit with me and my pals. He was always nice to my rocker pals, but the most interesting time was last Thanksgiving. Kevin ran into me on the bus on my way to dinner with a 94-year-old that I was caretaking.

Kevin and I always had a semi-romance going which never got consummated because I am the marrying kind, and it’s kinda strange making love to someone who looks like a guy you have been praying to all your life. Well, Kevin and I hugging and snuggling on the bus scandalized the other bus riders, so I asked him to dinner at Clifton’s with me and 94-year-old Ted.

When I showed up at Ted’s and walked in, he was in his very best hat with his walker–and being Jewish–was surprised to see my date. Those two became fast friends as the three of us ate. Families gathered around Kevin for pictures, like he was a rock star. After dinner, he picked up the check. We sent Ted home in an Uber and kissed each other goodbye. He went walking to spend time with the poor and the homeless, and I went home thinking how much I loved Kevin and always will…

Updated 01/06/18 to include information about the vigil.

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Tequila Mockingbird has been a longtime fixture on the LA music scene. Her first band was "Trouble for Nora" with Mitch Mitchell of "The Jimi Hendrix Experience." She sings with Jeff Goldblum and you can catch her show Saturday nights at Canter's. She is also a promoter, actress, writer and inventor. Her company, Do Monkey Productions, booked the historical punk rock TV show, "New Wave Theater." She has been published in Buzzbin Magazine and has a regular column in Rock City News. Recently she has created Tequila Tattoo Cream and opened The Punk Rock Museum to bring old friends together for art, music , and culture. It is located at KGB studios and curates special events all over Los Angeles in Pop up form. The museum has also contributed art to Pershing Square and Tequila hopes to curate more events for the city that she loves. www.lapunkmuseum.com
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One Response to Los Angeles Mourns Kevin Short, aka Hollywood Jesus

  1. Deb Frazin Deb Frazin says:

    That was a beautiful article. I’m so sorry for your loss Tequila. We’ll all miss him.

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