Leslie Jordan, beloved comedian and actor known for his work on ‘Will and Grace’, has died, his agent announced.
He was 67.
“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 a joy to work with, but he also provided the country with an emotional refuge during one of its most trying times. What he lacked in length he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, performer, comedian, partner and human being. Knowing that he left the world at the height of his professional and personal life is the only comfort you can have today,” Sarabeth Schedeen, Jordan’s talent agent, said in a statement to CNN.
Sources told the Los Angeles Times Jordan was involved in a car accident in Hollywood on Monday morning. A LAPD spokesperson confirmed to CNN that there was a fatality, but declined to release further details.
In his 2009 book “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet,” Jordan documented his 1982 move from Tennessee to Hollywood.
The actor found work on television on shows like “The Fall Guy,” “Designing Women” and “The People Next Door.”
Jordan played the role of Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram in the award-winning play “Sordid Lives”, which he reprized in the 2000 independent film adaptation.
He was a fan favorite for his recurring role as Karen’s girlfriend Beverley Leslie in ‘Will & Grace’. He also appeared in ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘The Cool Kids’.
Its star shone even brighter during the height of the pandemic when his social media presence started on Instagram, amassing him millions of followers.
The platform also became a place where Jordan told through the prism of humor about his struggles, memories and family stories (much about his beloved mama).
Jordan spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about his past drug abuse and more than 20 years of sobriety.
“People say, ‘How do you get sober, what’s the best way,'” Jordan said. “Yeah, well 120 days in Los Angeles jail. That will make you sober.”
In one message, Jordan recalled a security guard who took pity on Jordan’s hatred of incarceration and told him she was Robert Downey Jr. (who made headlines decades ago for a few brush-ups with the law) in custody and would release Jordan and Downey Jr. his bed.
“Pod A, cell 13, upper bunk,” Jordan recalled. “I feel responsible for most of Robert Downey Jr.’s success. Honey, I gave him a bed.’
To be last post on Instagram he was singing a hymn with recording artist Danny Myrick on Sunday.