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Old 02-27-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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And I'm afraid it's not good

Austin's 'Leslie' is hospitalized | KXAN.com

Austin's 'Leslie' is hospitalized
Listed in critical condition at St. David's

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Albert "Leslie" Cochran, who this month said he planned to leave Austin and move back to Colorado, is listed in critical condition in a local hospital.

St. David's South Austin Medical Center on Monday confirmed that Cochran has been admitted.

Earler in the day, Cochran's friend Debbie Russell said that Austin's best-known homeless person had been found unconscious on Feb. 16 in a parking lot off South First Street. Russell said Cochran had regained consciousness at the hospital but took a turn for the before he had recuperated enough to be released.

She said he underwent a procedure on his brain.

Cochran has been in declining health since injuring his head in an accident in October 2009.

"He's had a harder time functioning and isn't able to be quite as gracious a guest at his old haunts along South First Street," Russell said in an email.

Cochran apparently had become ill the same day he told KXAN of his plans to leave Austin and return to a city northwest of Denver where he had lived some 30 years before.

Earlier that week, he had stopped by Goodie Two Shoes on South Congress Avenue to say goodbye to owner Christine Ann, another friend, according to the shop's public relations manager Neil Diaz.

Cochran was on his way to the train station to see if he could get a train ticket when a KXAN crew caught up with him. As to why he is leaving Austin, he replied: "You gotta do what you gotta do."
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:16 PM
 
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I certainly hope he makes it through this tough time! Good luck Leslie!
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Oh, no!

I wished Leslie well when I heard he was leaving for Colorado. Now this terrible new.

Hang in there, Leslie!
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Only in Austin would a homeless bum, be considered a celebrity.
Don't you ever have anything nice to say? Have some respect for the guy. He brings a lot of people joy.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:06 PM
 
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This horrible. I don't understand why he keeps getting harassed.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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This horrible. I don't understand why he keeps getting harassed.
The harasser isn't from Austin. Most people here aren't like that.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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Keeping good thoughts out for Leslie. He's always been a great guy every time I've talked with him.

And I recommend that those who insult and harass him (in person and online) might want to think about what that says about them, if that small level of decency even exists within them to do that.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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Only in Eepstein's mind, would the fact that someone is homeless exclude them from receiving the affection and goodwill of those within their community.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:05 AM
 
Location: SW Austin
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Keeping him in our prayers.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Hope the young fella pulls through.
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