AUSTIN (KXAN) -
Austin's own celebrity, Albert "Leslie" Cochran, fell on Oct. 3and was rushed to the University Medical Center Brackenridge. EMSofficials were called after he fell next to a taxi.
EMS officials said an ambulance was called to the scene after awitness saw Leslie acting oddly on the sidewalk. The call came inaround 12:50 a.m. on Oct. 3. Leslie then fell in front of a taxi.When EMS arrived on the scene, medics say he was alreadyunconscious.
EMS called ahead for a trauma team to meet Leslie when hearrived at Brackenridge Hospital. Officials at the hospital havedeclined to confirm he was there, citing rules against officialrelease of information.
A woman who said she was a good friend of Leslie said she triedto see him last Monday, October 5, but hospital officials would notlet her see him.
When asked during a telephone interview if she knew whether ornot Leslie was still unconscious, the woman, who wished to remainanonymous, replied, "He would have called me had he woken up."
Seton, who operates University Medical Center Brackenridge, hasnot responded to questions regarding their visitationpolicy—specifically whether or not friends can visit patientsin ICU, or if only family are allowed.
Leslie, 58, is "arguably the most locally famous street personin Austin" according to his Wikipedia article. He is often seendowntown wearing women's clothing, and has run for mayor. He is astaunch advocate for the rights of homeless people.
It's not uncommon for folks visiting downtown to approach Lesliefor photographs with the scantily clad man. He almost alwaysobliges.
Leslie is so popular, he even has his own line of dress-uprefrigerator magnets that can be purchased at stores across Austin.The paper-doll-style magnet set includes a mini-skirt, acheerleader outfit and leopard print dress, with accessories, thatyou can use to dress up the Austin icon.
Jimmy Haddox owns the Wet Salon on South Congress. He startedthe magnet franchise in 2006 with an agreement that Leslie wouldget half the proceeds. Haddox has since handed over the entirefranchise to Leslie. He said Thursday he has not seen Leslie in afew weeks, but would not be surprised if something bad didhappen.
"He didn't look too great last time I saw him," Haddox said.
KXAN Austin News will post more details on his condition as theybecome available.
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