Kevin Short, Best Known as WeHo Jesus, Dies at 57

The sometime actor and full-time eccentric was a fixture on the Sunset Strip

Last Updated: January 4, 2018 @ 6:04 AM

Kevin Short, a fixture on L.A.’s Sunset Strip known as “WeHo Jesus,” has died at age 57.

The sometime actor and full-time eccentric also known as Kevin Lee Light died Dec. 13, a family member told local news outlet WeHoVille.

Short became such a popular figure for L.A. tourists and residents that he was featured in music videos for Lana del Rey and LMFAO and also inspired the Aerosmith song “Street Jesus,” according to a profile last year in the U.K.’s Independent.

His neighbor Brian Hamilton also confirmed the news of his death, “after a brief illness,” on Facebook.

I have just confirmed the sad news that my friend and neighbor Kevin Short, aka "WeHo Jesus" or Kevin Lee Light, has…

Posted by Brian Hamilton on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In a 2012 story, Los Angeles magazine noted, “Thanks to smart phones and the miracle of social media, the sunglasses-sporting impersonator (real name: Kevin Lee Light) 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.”

Naturally, tributes quickly poured in on social media.