Actor Lesley JordanLos Angeles’ official cause of death has been confirmed: He was suffering from “sudden cardiac dysfunction and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed Thursday to Yahoo Entertainment.
The lover Call me Kat actor and social media star67, died on the morning of October 24 in a car accident at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in West Hollywood, California. He was on his way to the set of the sitcom and from the start it was suspected that a medical emergency had caused him to crash into the side of a building.
The sudden death requested tribute from Jordan’s current and former colleagues, including Ellen DeGenres, George Takei, and his former castmates Will and Grace. They remembered someone who was happy, always telling stories and laughing in his real life, just like he was online.
Actress Mayim Bialik, Call me Kat‘s Kat, issued a statement from the cast when Jordan died, prompting the sitcom to pause production.
“There are no words to convey the loss we experience as a cast and as an actor Call me Kat family,” Bialik said. Leslie Jordan was larger than life. He was a gentleman from the south; tender, wise, mischievous and hilarious. We have come to know and love him at the height of his happiness and joy and it is unthinkable to imagine a world without our Leslie: the man who spat on his contact lenses before putting them in his eyes, the man who had a story about every man in Hollywood, and some women too, the man who lived to make people laugh. We will take time to mourn and celebrate the many gifts Leslie has given to us and to the entire world and we appreciate privacy at this time.”
Phil, Jordan’s character on the Fox show, starring Swoozie Kurtz, Kyla Pratt, Julian Gant and Cheyenne Jackson, appeared in his final episode in December. In the episode that followed, which aired on January 5, it was revealed that Phil had found love and moved to Tahiti.
Producer Jim Patterson told deadline in December that, in this way, “Phil will live on forever and live his best and happiest life.”
Many of Jordan’s famous friends, including Eddie Vedder, Maren Morris, Margaret Cho, Jim Parsons and Bialik, will appear on the program Reportin’ for Duty: A Tribute to Leslie Jordan on Feb. 19 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.
All proceeds benefit the EB Research Partnership, a charity that Jordan loved.