Famed comedic actor Leslie Jordan died on Monday at the age of 67 following a car crash, the Washington Examiner reported.
According to TMZ, the first outlet to report on the tragedy, Jordan perished when his vehicle slammed into the side of a building in Hollywood after suffering what police suspected was a medical emergency.
Jordan was arguably best known for his supporting roles in popular TV shows like “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story,” and “Hearts Afire,” among others.
Praised for his “generosity and greatness” in all things
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” David Shaul, Jordan’s agent, said in a statement to Variety. “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.”
The “emotional sanctuary” for the nation referenced by Shaul was Jordan’s series of humorous videos posted to social media throughout the pandemic that earned him millions of new followers.
“What he lacked in height he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, partner, and human being,” Shaul added. “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.”
Entertained millions for decades
“We are shocked and devastated by today’s tragic passing of Leslie Jordan,” Fox Entertainment said of the actor’s demise. “Leslie was far more than an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent with whom we’ve laughed alongside for all these years. He was the kindest person you could ever imagine who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and huge smiles to millions of people around the world.”
“The truest of Southern Gentlemen, Leslie carried an infectious exuberance, indelible sense of humor and, throughout, gifted us with countless fond memories that will last forever,” the network studio’s statement added. “As we grieve this sad news, we also wish to extend our most profound sympathies to Leslie’s family, friends, and fans, whom he held so dear.”
According to Variety, Jordan was born and raised in Tennessee as a Southern Baptist but moved to Los Angeles, California in 1982 and launched his career in the entertainment industry just a few years later.
Indeed, per Jordan’s IMDb page, he had at least 133 acting credits to his name dating back to 1986, the vast majority of which were just bit parts in TV shows, though he did play recurring characters for several TV series and appeared in a number of films as well.
LGBTQ “icon” and gospel music singer
In addition to being a famous comedic actor, Variety further noted that Jordan was an award-winning “icon” of the LGBTQ+ community.
Jordan stayed true to his Southern Baptist roots, to an extent, and also excelled in music and singing, particularly gospel music, as was featured in some of his social media videos as well as a gospel album he released in 2021.