HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC)– Leslie Jordan, the actor whose lopsided Southern train and versatility has inspired him on TV shows like “Will & Grace” and “American Horror Story” died of natural causes and not from a car accident last year, officials said.
The 67-year-old actor died of sudden cardiac dysfunction due to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to a Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s report.
Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at 9:30 a.m. on October 24 near Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street. Fans quickly erected a makeshift memorial with flowers and candles at the intersection.
The 4’2″ Jordan, openly gay and an LGBTQ icon, was best known for his roles in Will and Grace, for which he won a Primetime Emmy in 2006, and Call Me Kat, which premiered in January 2021 He has also appeared on the TV shows The Cool Kids and American Horror Story and acted in films including The Help and Ski Patrol.
Jordan became a social media sensation in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, posting humorous videos, riffing music, sometimes dancing and sharing stories about his acting career during quarantine in his native Tennessee.
Reactions poured in from the entertainment world in response to Jordan’s death.
Eric McCormack, who appears in “Will & Grace,” Jordan hailed as the “funniest & flirtiest Southerner I’ve ever known.”
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“The joy and laughter he brought to his every will & Grace episodes was tangible,” McCormack tweeted. “Gone about thirty years early. You were loved sweet man.”
“Will & Grace’ co-star Sean Hayes added that Jordan was “one of the funnest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
“Everyone who ever met him loved him,” Hayes tweeted. “There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with an enormous caring heart. You will be missed my dear friend.”
Call Me Kat star Mayim Bialik tweeted, “There are no words to express the loss we are experiencing as a cast and as the Call Me Kat family. Leslie Jordan was larger than life. He was a southern gentleman; tender, wise, cheeky and hilarious.”
The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.