Charlie Russell, aka Chasterus, was the creator of East Jesus, a live-in art installation at Slab City, CA. He was also an art car artist, musician, writer, humorist, and a great friend. He died of natural causes May 10th or 11th, 2011 at his home in the desert.
I met Charlie when he first came to the desert to start East Jesus and had the honor of helping him create the sculpture garden and many other projects over the last 5 years. I made the trek out there a couple of times a year to visit.