PORTLAND – Portland icon and trumpeter Kirk Forrest Reeves has died after years of entertaining drivers on the Hawthorne Bridge.
Reeves, 56, was well known to many Portlanders for the white jacket and Mickey Mouse ears he wore as he played his trumpet at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge.
He could also be seen playing in Waterfront Park, Jamison Square and the traffic island in front of Powell’s Books. In addition, Reeves hosted his own cable access show.
"Kirk was a very charming man that was quirky. He played the trumpet, performed magic tricks and made everyone smile on a daily basis," said Andee, a friend of Kirk's. "He was recently in LA to pursue the dream of making his movie."
"Many Portland Police officers knew Kirk as he often had a wave and a smile for officers who saw him playing music," added Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
Officers had asked the public to help them track down Kirk's relatives after his death, and they were able to connect with his sister to notify the family. The Oregon Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death as suicide. A friend told KGW Reeves had been struggling with diabetes and just had cataract surgery.
A candlelight vigil is planned for Nov. 18, starting at 4 p.m. on the west side of the Hawthorne Bridge. Friends and fans were urged to bring their mouse ears and trumpets.