Tragedy hit the entertainment world on October 24th when Leslie Jordan, star of the popular sitcom “Will and Grace,” died in a car crash. On Thursday, LA’s coroner confirmed that his death was sudden cardiac dysfunction compounded by arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
The much-loved 67-year-old comedian hit the brakes too late and plowed his BMW into an edifice in Hollywood. Tragically, he was announced dead on arrival at the crash site.
Upon examination, the coroner’s report revealed that two of Jordan’s arteries were severely constricted. The authorities reported that he had only just started visiting a physician due to cardiac-related problems and taking medication. To everyone’s surprise, no traces of narcotics or alcohol were discovered in his system; additionally, it was noted he had been abstaining from intoxicants for 2 decades!
Based on reports from dependency sources, Jordan had expressed breathing difficulties prior to booking an appointment with a cardiologist for the month in which he passed away.
The Tennessee-born actor, who traveled to LA via bus back in 1982, had a lengthy Hollywood career with noteworthy appearances on “Hearts Afire”, “American Horror Story” and the hit series “The Cool Kids”.
In 2006, Jordan was granted the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his depiction of Beverley Leslie; an egotistical antagonist to Megan Mullally’s character Karen Walker on NBC’s “Will and Grace.”
Mullally joined a multitude of other co-stars to honor Jordan.
“Leslie Jordan was, hands down, one of the greats. People use that expression a lot, and I’m not sure it’s always applicable. There aren’t that many people who are truly great at anything. But Leslie was flawlessly funny, a virtuoso of comedy. His timing, his delivery, all apparently effortless,” Mullally wrote on Instagram.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought Jordan into the spotlight with his entertaining videos that outlined his fitness goals, like transforming a backscratcher into a baton and trying to buy an unfinished 300-piece puzzle.
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” stated Jordan’s rep shortly after his death.
“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.”
At the time of his passing, Jordan was shining in Mayim Bialik’s hit show “Call Me Kat.” In light of this tragedy, production on the Fox series had to be halted temporarily. To honor him and cherish his memory forever, a special episode was dedicated solely to him.