Leslie Jordan, iconic gay comedian, dead at 67

Beloved comedic actor Leslie Jordan has passed away. He was 67 years old.

The news was first reported by TMZ.

Law enforcement told the outlet that Jordan crashed his BMW into the side of a building. Authorities said Jordan may have had a medical emergency before the crash, TMZ reports.

The building Jordan touched was located on Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The condition of Jordan’s BMW indicates that he may have lost control of it before hitting the building, the Time Remarks.

On Instagram, Jordan’s official account posted a tribute to the actor.

“The love and light that Leslie shared will never fade and we invite you to share their memories and comfort yourselves during this time. In the coming days we will give a glimpse of a project that Leslie was truly proud of. and that she couldn’t wait to share with the world,” he said.

Jordan was best known for his longtime role as Beverly Leslie in will and grace. The Memphis, Tennessee-born actor became a rival to Megan Mulally’s Karen Walker on the show and won an Emmy Award for his portrayal in 2006.

He has developed a long career in film and television appearances with projects like Reba, american horror story, Ugly Betty, and Nash Bridges to his name. He also played Lonnie Garr in flaming hearts from 1993 to 1995.

At the time of his death, he was playing in call me kat with actor Cheyenne Jackson, Mayim Bialik, Kyla Pratt, Julian Gant and Swoosie Kurtz.

During the pandemic, Jordan became a social media star via Instagram. He posted videos of an Airbnb he lived in, doing everything from twirling batons to joking around, and growing his Instagram account exponentially from 80,000 followers to more than 3 million. He even gave anecdotes about his life, revealing photos of him when he was younger and nicknames he once had like “Sweet N Low”.

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“I would do an exercise video because there are so many gay guys with these perfect abs and they make exercise videos,” Jordan Told the lawyer in 2020 for digital coverage on how the viral videos started. “So I made an exercise video where my stomach looked like it was about to break my waters.”

This viral celebrity seemed to coincide with a resurgence of interest. Ryan Murphy started a new project with Jordan and Dylan McDermott in 2020. Additionally, Jordan was named host of a cleaning contest show titled really clean.

Jordan was a multi-hyphen who performed on screen, on stage, in addition to releasing music. In 2021, Jordan releases his first album titled The company is coming featuring gay icon Dolly Parton and our singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, among others, and it later made its Grand Ole Opry debut. He also wrote plays like “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet”, “Stories I Can’t Tell Mama”, and “Fruit Fly”.

Earlier this year, Jordan took to Instagram to announce that his mother Peggy Ann Griffin Jordan had died.

For someone with such a long career – he first arrived in Hollywood in 1982 – Jordan is a rarity in that he never officially had a “coming out” moment because he had the lion’s share of his career. In interviews, however, he has explained how his agents sometimes goaded him into “f***ing off”.

“Well, shit…” as Jordan might say in one of his viral videos.

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