Rest in Peace, King
Actor and comedy legend Leslie Jordan has sadly passed away at the age of 67.
Reports say Jordan was driving in Hollywood on Monday morning (October 24), when he crashed into the side of a building at Cahuenga Blvd. and Romain St.
It was suspected he suffered some sort of medical emergency while at the wheel.
Leslie Jordan talking about working with Betty White hits different now 😢 💔💔💔#LeslieJordan #RIP pic.twitter.com/ydQoI4izXn
— Queer Insider 🏳️🌈 🏳️⚧️ (@qitweets) October 24, 2022
The Emmy-winning actor was best known for his roles as Lonnie Garr in Hearts Afire, Beverly Leslie in Will & Grace, several characters in the American Horror Story franchise, Sid in The Cool Kids and Phil in Call Me Kat.
During the 2020 pandemic, he became an Instagram meme sensation, amassing 5.8M followers.
Leslie Jordan montage 💔 #LeslieJordan #RIP pic.twitter.com/BuehYXpiPU
— ItsLitGayShit | GaysWhoMemeWell (@itslitgayshitt) October 24, 2022
Tributes have since come in for the beloved actor, with his agent David Shaul saying:
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” he said.
“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.”
Will & Grace co-star Sean Hayes shared a photo of the pair together, captioned: “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.”
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More tributes for the late actor below:
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
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
RIP to a legend, we’ll forever stan Leslie Jordan 💜 pic.twitter.com/EKUYsVCQOx
— Grindr (@Grindr) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan. What an angel. Gone much too soon. RIP. ❤️🌈
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 24, 2022
Rest in peace, Leslie Jordan. Thank you for the countless laughs and for sharing your spirit with us all. 💘 pic.twitter.com/PzJq31z19T
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) October 24, 2022
i hope leslie jordan is twirling with daddy’s hottest angels
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan was as talented and genuine as they come. What a ray of sunshine. This is just terrible.
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan had a scene in “Will & Grace” where Karen walks into a bar. Leslie turns around, looks at her and says “I thought I smelled gin and regret.” And I laugh every time I think about it. WE GRIEVE A GODDAMNED LEGEND.
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) October 24, 2022
leslie jordan was a genuine queer icon and a goddamn legend. so grateful for his life and his work. he will be terribly missed.
— caleb hearon (@calebsaysthings) October 24, 2022
Why Leslie Jordan kinda carried society during the pandemic
— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@keyon) October 24, 2022
Rest in peace to Leslie Jordan, a beloved gay icon, a celebrated actor, writer, and singer, and a legendary member of our community and family. Our thoughts are with those closest to him. 💔
📸: #AlbertSanchez during #DragRace Season 14's Moulin Ru: The Rusical pic.twitter.com/CP5z41PJd2
— World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) October 24, 2022
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
RIP Leslie Jordan 💔
Such an iconic actor and naturally hilarious man. From his role as Beverly in Will & Grace, to his multiple AHS roles, and his perfect presence on social media that cheered a lot of us up through lockdown, he’ll be so so missed ✨ pic.twitter.com/iQMxJycD9E
— jack rem x (@jackremmington) October 24, 2022
Leslie Jordan touched so many hearts, including ours. He was not only a beloved comedian but our dear friend. Sending our love and condolences to his family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/OSL5swfw6w
— The Jennifer Hudson Show (@JHudShow) October 24, 2022
Demi Lovato honors the late Leslie Jordan in new post:
“My sweet Leslie… Your smile and personality lit up the room when I met you. I’m so glad we remained friends after meeting not long ago… I’m so honored to call you a friend. I love you sweet angel.” pic.twitter.com/tbalvOAhbx
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 24, 2022
You had no choice but to adore Leslie Jordan, he left you no other options.
He was magical.
I can’t believe he’s gone. https://t.co/VupZh02OnF
— kristen johnston (@thekjohnston) October 24, 2022
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