Emmy-winning Will & Grace actor, Leslie Jordan has died tragically in a car accident in Los Angeles, at the age of 67.
Leslie Jordan died on Monday (October 24) after crashing his vehicle in Hollywood, according to publications TMZ and the Los Angeles Times. The beloved comedian and actor, well known for his stellar performances in hit shows, Will & Grace and American Horror Story, was 67 years old.
“The world is definitely a much-darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” stated a representative of the star. “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.”
In the latter part of the statement, the representative is referring to Leslie Jordan’s sudden rise in popularity on Instagram, during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. Throughout this period, the acclaimed actor would post daily videos of himself, with many of them commencing with his signature phrase, “how ya’ll doin?”
During these clips, Jordan would recount experiences from his childhood and Hollywood career, and charm his ever-growing fanbase out of pandemic boredom, thanks to his distinct humour and familiar Southern drawl.
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Since the news of his passing, fans and stars alike have flocked to social media, sharing heartfelt messages in honour of the legendary entertainer. Among them are Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, Cruel Intentions star Selma Blair, and The Help actress Octavia Spencer, and legendary musician Dolly Parton.
“My heart hurts by this shocking news. You were the brightest light that I feel blessed to have known for just a little bit. Thank you for shining your light for the world to see in its truest form. Rest In Peace you special man,” wrote Aaron Paul in a comment beneath a post on Leslie’s official Instagram page.
Taking to Twitter, Dolly Parton shared the following: “Leslie and I had a special bond, I think the world felt they had a special bond with him. I know people always say ‘Oh, they will be missed’ but in this case that could not be more true. He will be missed by everyone who knew him personally and everyone who was entertained by him. Rest in peace lil’ brother.”
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) October 24, 2022