Beloved comedian and actor Leslie Jordan died in a car crash Monday October 24th in Los Angeles. The star known for his roles in “Will and Grace” and “American Horror Story” shared videos online that not only made everyone laugh but sparked so much positivity.
Jordan was driving his BMW when he crashed at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood at 9:30 AM PST according to the LA Times. The star was pronounced dead at the scene.
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, Or The Other One (@theferocity) October 24, 2022
In addition, it was not immediately clear if Jordan was killed in the crash or suffered a medical emergency beforehand. The condition of the vehicle has some to suspect that Jordan may have lost control of the car before slamming into the building.
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
David Shaul, the actor’s representative, issued a statement on his death.
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” Shaul 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.”
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
Many people online have shared their thoughts on the tragic death including former costars.
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
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. 😔❤️ pic.twitter.com/RNKSamoES0
— Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) October 24, 2022
“Will & Grace” co-star Sean Hayes chimed in, saying: “Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with.”