Leslie Jordan star of ‘Will and Grace’ dies at 67 in an accident

It is unclear whether he died following the crash or if he fell ill in the car before the impact

American actor and comedian Leslie Jordan has died at the age of 67. His agent confirmed it. The star, known for her roles in ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘American Horror Story’, was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles on Monday morning, US media reported. Police told the LA Times that Jordan’s car crashed into the side of a building and the actor was pronounced dead on the spot. The agents added that it is unclear whether Jordan was killed by the collision or if he was hit by an illness before crashing.

The world has become a “darker place” with his passing, “said his press secretary.” Knowing that he left the world at the height of his professional and personal life is the only comfort one can have today. ” added David Shaul.

According to his collaborators, Jordan was on his way to the set of the ‘Call Me Kat’ series at the time of the accident. In the sitcom Jordan played Phil, the head baker of Kat’s cafe. According to Variety, production has now been suspended.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a deeply conservative state, in 1955, Jordan had pleaded gay with his mother at the age of 12. “I told my mom I thought something had happened. I didn’t even know the word ‘gay’,” he told People magazine last year. “He didn’t bring out his Bible, which I thought he would. He said, ‘I’m really afraid that if you choose this path, you will be ridiculed,'” he recalled, adding that he had told him to “‘Live your life. in silence ‘. I did not follow his advice. “

After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1982, he moved to Los Angeles and worked his way through a variety of roles, before landing his starring part in the drama Murphy Brown. He was known for his small stature – he was five feet tall – and often played flamboyant characters.

Her fame grew with the US sitcom ‘Will and Grace’, where she played Beverley Leslie, a role for which she won a Primetime Emmy in 2006.

His other television credits included guest appearances on Murphy Brown, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Boston Public, and American Horror Story.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Jordan had become very popular with even the younger crowd as a social media star, where he posted daily updates while quarantined at his apartment in his hometown of Chattanooga. “A friend of mine called from California and said, ‘You went viral.’ And I said, ‘No, honey, I’m fine. I don’t have Covid,'” he joked in a video. He has often spoken openly about his battles with alcohol and drug abuse. He detoxed in the 1990s.

A host of Hollywood stars were quick to pay tribute to Jordan, with his Will and Grace co-star Sean Hayes hailing him as “one of the funniest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.” . “Everyone who met him loved him,” Hayes added. “There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with a huge and caring heart. We will miss you, my dear friend.”

“Leslie, we are heartbroken over your loss and we will miss your gaiety and your inimitable spirit,” Star Trek actor George Takei said on Twitter. And RuPaul’s Drag Race – the show Jordan starred in as a guest judge – tweeted: “Rest in peace, Leslie Jordan. Thank you for the countless laughs and for sharing your spirit with all of us.”