Leslie Jordan, best known for portraying Beverly Leslie in both the original and reboot of Will & Grace, died Monday, October 24, 2022, his rep confirmed to In Touch. He was 67 years old. 

The beloved comedian died of sudden cardiac dysfunction and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, In Touch confirmed through the Los Angeles Examiner-Coroner on January 19, 2023.

“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan. 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,” his manager said in a statement to In Touch. “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.”

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Jordan reportedly suffered a medical emergency while driving in Hollywood on October 24 and crashed his BMW into the side of a building, In Touch confirmed.

“We do have a traffic collision that occurred today in Hollywood on Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street at around 9:30 a.m. It was a vehicle versus a wall,” a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told In Touch. “The driver of the vehicle was involved in the collision and died at the scene.” No cause of death has been confirmed.

The Tennessee native was a beloved television actor who had a successful career spanning decades in the entertainment industry, having appeared in a plethora of projects since his first credited role in 1986, including Call Me Kat, American Horror Story, Con Man, Baby Daddy, Raising Hope, Boston Legal, Boston Public, Reasonable Doubts, Hearts Afire and more. 

While speaking to AfterBuzzTV in September about his character on Call Me Kat, the comedic actor opened up about the biggest lesson he’s learned while working on the show alongside costars Mayim Bialik, Swoosie Kurtz, Kyla Pratt and Cheyenne Jackson.

“I’m always the scene-stealer,” he told the outlet. “I’m the funny guy that comes in with a zinger and I’m always showing out, but on this, I can’t do that. I have to give. To be a worker among workers has turned into a wonderful thing, and I watch myself now–I didn’t like to watch myself at all, but I can watch myself now because there I am just being normal.”

Friends and fellow celebrities flocked to Jordan’s last Instagram post to offer their condolences and share kind words in memory of the late actor, with Lance Bass writing, “Now that’s how you say good bye. Soar high my friend.” Amber Rose added, “We love you Leslie RIP [red heart emoji],” while singer Talia Oyando wrote, “Rest Peacefully You were such a joy.”

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