Salvation Mountain artist Leonard Knight dies at 82

Salvation Mountain artist Leonard Knight dies at 82

Leonard Knight, the lean and sturdy New Englander who spent three decades joyously painting religious slogans on a tall mound of adobe he called Salvation Mountain in the Imperial Valley desert, died Monday at age 82.

Knight died at a convalescent hospital in eastern San Diego County where he had been a resident for more than two years. He had suffered the ravages of diabetes, along with other ailments of old age.

His death was announced on his Salvation Mountain Facebook page by his devoted followers who have been attempting to preserve his labor of love east of the Salton Sea near the squatter village called Slab City.

Until his health declined, Knight had lived in the back of his truck, sharing his space with a variety of cats without names, undeterred by the brutal desert heat or howling winds.

“Love Jesus and keep it simple,” he once said, explaining his…

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