Leslie Jordan Famous Actor and Social Media Star Dies in Car Crash At 67

An agent for Jordan claimed he died Monday after crashing his car into a tree in Hollywood. Jordan won an Emmy for his role as the scheming Beverley Leslie on “Will & Grace” and became a social media celebrity during the pandemic.

Without the love and light of Leslie Jordan, the world is undoubtedly a lot darker place today,” David Shaul stated. The nation found an emotional shelter in him through one of its most terrible moments, and he was a “super talent” and “pleasure to work with.”

Firefighters responding to a crash complaint on Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street at 9:38 a.m. found Jordan, 67, “pulseless and non-breathing” inside a grey automobile, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His agency has stated that Jordan may have experienced “some sort of medical emergency” that led to him losing control of the vehicle.

On Monday, Fox Entertainment announced that nine episodes of their sitcom “Call Me Kat,” starring Jordan, had been filmed. According to the organization, Thursday’s episode will show as planned with an “in memoriam” tribute to the actor who played Phil.

Although he was only 4-foot-11 when he was born on April 29, 1955, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Michael Jordan managed to carve out a successful career in television with guest spots on shows as diverse as “Murphy Brown,” “Boston Public,” “Star Trek: Voyage,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire.”

Yet, he was most recognized by TV viewers as Beverley Leslie, the antagonist of Megan Mullally’s Karen Walker character, who comes out as gay in a landmark episode of the show.

The openly gay Jordan was honored with the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Timeless Star award for lifetime accomplishment last year.

On Monday, GLAAD chief executive Sarah Kate Ellis released a statement praising him as “a loyal friend to so many LGBTQ organizations.”

Jordan became popular with a new generation of followers during the pandemic thanks to the Instagram posts he uploaded twice a day from an Airbnb near his mother’s house in Chattanooga.

What are you doing, you guys? Jordan would usually start things off before delving into his humorous, Southern-accented musings on being locked up.

“I didn’t realize [he had blown up] until last night when everybody started calling me telling me you’ve gone viral,” Jordan said. “I have no idea what that means!”

Cultural critics like Brian Moylan took note of Jordan’s videos.

During the lockdown, Jordan gained over 3.8 million Instagram followers in a little over a month, according to an article by Moylan published in the April 2020 issue of NBC News’ Think section.

His lawyer, Eric Feig, released the following statement on Monday: “Yesterday, on Leslie’s Instagram, Leslie posted himself singing the song ‘When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.’ Leslie was taken from us today far too soon, and the world is a less bright place because of it.

Following his meteoric rise to stardom, Jordan collaborated with the likes of Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Eddie Vedder and Tanya Tucker on a gospel album titled “Company’s Comin’.”

Jordan has also written a book titled “How Y’all Doin? Embarrassing Stories and Other Mayhem from a Full and Happy Life. In 2008, he wrote “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet,” in which he discussed his experiences with substance misuse and his early days in Hollywood.

“That sort of dealt with all the angst and growing up gay in the Baptist Church and la, la, la, la, la,” Jordan said in an Associated Press interview last year.

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