Leslie Jordan has died at the age of 67.
According to TMZ he suffered "some sort of medical emergency and crashed his BMW into the side of a building" while driving in Hollywood on Monday morning (Oct. 24).
The Emmy-winning Hollywood and Broadway vet—was best known for his roles in Will & Grace, Hearts Afire, Sordid Lives, and American Horror Story. Since 2021 Jordan has been co-starring on the Mayim Bialik sitcom Call Me Kat, which is currently airing its third season on Fox.
Jordan has been acting for decades, but he gained a whole new audience when his hilarious self-isolation Instagram videos went viral during the pandemic.
In 2021 he released a memoir, How Y'All Doing?, and a country gospel album, Company's Comin', which featured collaborations with country legends like Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker. He even performed songs from his album live at the "Mother Church of Country Music," the Ryman Auditorium.
Jordan has had many onscreen roles during his decades-long career in Hollywood, but the one he is probably best known for is Beverly Leslie, the pint-sized nemesis of Karen Walker on NBC's Will & Grace. Jordan's final appearance on the sitcom was in the I Love Lucy tribute episode from the series' swan song season, which ended back in April 2020. In the episode, he and Megan Mullally reimagine the classic "grape-stomping" scene from the "Lucy Goes to Italy" episode of I Love Lucy.
"My heart is broken. Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with," his Will & Grace co-star Sean Hayes tweeted upon hearing the news. "Everyone who ever met him, loved him. There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with an enormous, caring heart. You will be missed, my dear friend."
Jordan's agent, David Shaul released a statement saying: “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 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," Shaul continued. "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.”