Such devastating news! Leslie Jordan, the legend in Will & Grace and American Horror Story has died at the age of 67.
Law enforcement confirmed that Jordan suffered a medical emergency while driving in Hollywood on the morning of Oct. 24th. The car crashed into the side of the building, which was lethal for the legendary actor. His official representatives confirmed that he has passed away.
Leslie Jordan put a smile on the faces of so many, especially with his pandemic videos. What a feat to keep us all laughing and connected in such difficult times… It feels so cruel that this could happen to such a beautiful soul. https://t.co/JKj2t8Km7A— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) October 24, 2022
Born in 1955 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he came out as gay in the deeply conservative state when he was just 12 years of age.
“I told my mother I thought something was up. I didn’t even know the word ‘gay,'” he told People magazine last year.
“She didn’t pull her Bible out, which I thought she would. She said, ‘I’m just really afraid that if you choose this path, you’ll be ridiculed,'” he recalled, adding that she told him to “‘just live your life quietly.’ I didn’t follow her advice on that one.”
Devastated to find out that Leslie Jordan has passed. He was such a queer icon to me. My first exposure to him was in one of my favorite movies Sordid Lives! I literally just saw him a few weeks ago in LA. 😢 my thoughts are with the people he was close to! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Rv1nhXtLDR— Trinity The Tuck 🏳️⚧️ (@TrinityTheTuck) October 24, 2022
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” Jordan’s agent David Shaul said in a statement. “Not only was he a mega talent and joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary to the nation at one of its most difficult times. What he lacked in height he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, partner and human being. Knowing that he has left the world at the height of both his professional and personal life is the only solace one can have today.”
I am stunned at the death of Leslie Jordan, who delighted us with his many roles on television and film. The cause of death was a car crash after he suffered a medical emergency. Leslie, we are heartbroken at your loss and will miss your mirth and your inimitable spirit.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 24, 2022
Jordan was known worldwide for his work in popular sitcoms like The Cool Kids, Will & Grace, Hearts Afire, as well as his recurring roles in American Horror Story.
Crushed to learn about the loss of @thelesliejordan, the funniest & flirtiest southern gent I’ve ever known. The joy and laughter he brought to every one of his #WillandGrace episodes was palpable. Gone about thirty years too soon. You were loved, sweet man. 💔— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) October 24, 2022
A spokesperson for the LAPD says there was a traffic collision on Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in West Hollywood at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Jordan who was the one behind the wheel in a BMW, hit a wall and “was pronounced dead on scene.” According to confirmed reports by law enforcement he have suffered a medical emergency while driving.
Many world famous stars and personal friends to Jordan from the industry took it to social media to express their condolences. The world will miss this phenomenal actor and personality.
My heart is broken. Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone who ever met him, loved him. There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with an enormous, caring heart. You will be missed, my dear friend. 😔❤️ pic.twitter.com/RNKSamoES0— Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) October 24, 2022
This is so heartbreaking. Your star shined bright no matter where you were on screen and even moreso off. You were truly one of the spirits that made aging as a queer man feel more exciting than existing in the present. To a lived fully! RIP LESLIE JORDAN https://t.co/i7e5lzVTvo— THEE ACADEMY Playwright Jeremy O Harris (@jeremyoharris) October 24, 2022
The last time I worked with Leslie Jordan… we guest co hosted The Talk.. Leslie was so much fun to be around, always had a funny story and he inspired me to keep going in an industry that could be ageist … I will miss you my friend.. Mama is waiting on you. pic.twitter.com/HUsJNFAd9o— Loni Love (@LoniLove) October 24, 2022
I’m so sad to read the news of Leslie Jordan’s passing. He was such a pleasure to work with on my first TV series, Reasonable Doubts. He was at the top of his game and had so much to look forward to. He exuded JOY and LAUGHTER. RIP dear Leslie #LeslieJordan pic.twitter.com/WgmTZjEReG— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) October 24, 2022
Rest in Peace Leslie!