Lesley JordanThe cause of death has been confirmed as “sudden cardiac dysfunction”.
The Call me Kat actor, 67, died suddenly on Oct. 24 when the medical event crashed him into a building in Hollywood, California, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and documents obtained by PEOPLE from the Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The LACCO determined that Jordan’s death in his car was a natural cause and listed arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease as a secondary factor. (There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in Jordan’s body. He was sober for more than two decades at the time of his death.)
Prior to the official coroner’s report, Jordan’s agent confirmed to PEOPLE in October that Jordan was involved in a car accident after what appeared to be a medical emergency. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Jordan was best known for his characters on Will and grace, American horror story and Call me Kat, among other things. During the lockdown of the COVID pandemic, Jordan rose to social media fame after he started posting Instagram videos that were equal parts heartwarming, hilarious, and relatable.
In it, Jordan talked about his life as a gay man from the south and shared stories from his family and life experiences. Followers praised Jordan for his sweet demeanor and laugh-out-loud stories.
After becoming famous on social media, Jordan told PEOPLE that it was one of the first times he really felt seen for who he was — not just the characters he became known for. “People knew me from my characters, but I’m surprised people discovered me as me. They loved me,” he said. “And they came back.”
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After news of his death broke, Jordan’s friends and fans flocked all over the world paid tribute on social media.
“We are shocked and devastated by the tragic passing of Leslie Jordan today,” Call me Kat star Mai Bialik said in a statement on behalf of the show, which production stopped temporarily to allow the cast to mourn. “Leslie was much more than an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent who we laughed with all these years together. He was the kindest person you could imagine, who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and big smiles to millions of people .” around the world.”
The statement continued: “Leslie, the most upright of the Southern gentlemen, carried an infectious exuberance, an indelible sense of humor and throughout, gave us countless fond memories that will last forever. As we mourn this sad news, We would also like to express our deepest sympathy to Leslie’s family, friends and fans, who were so dear to him.”
Early January, Call me Kat aired an episode with a special tribute from Jordan’s old friend Dolly Partons.
“I know people usually talk at a memorial as regards someone. Well, I’m going to talk to yousaid the “I Will Always Love You” singer, 76. “Because there’s that place on the other side, and I’m definitely going to see you there, little brother.” You have left many people here with many precious, precious memories. Everyone loved you, but I doubt many loved you more than I did.”
Parton noted that Jordan would not have wanted his loved ones to be sad after his death.
“I just want you to know that we all love you, we all miss you, and I bet you have a big smile because we are all sad and sad. And I know that’s the last thing you would want to be ,” she said. “You made us happy when you were here, and we are glad you are at peace. I want you to know that I will always love you. Goodbye, my dear Leslie.”