Leslie Jordan, beloved actor and social media star, lifeless at 67



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Leslie Jordan, beloved comic and actor recognized for his work on “Will and Grace,” has died, his agent introduced.

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 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. 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,” Sarabeth Schedeen, Jordan’s expertise agent, stated in a press release to CNN.

“Beyond his talents, Leslie’s gifts of bringing joy to those he touched, his ability to connect with people of all ages, his humility, kindness and his sweetness will be sorely missed by all,” his legal professional Eric Feig stated in a press release.

Jordan was concerned in a automotive accident on Monday morning in Hollywood and was pronounced lifeless on the scene, based on the LA County coroner, who recognized Jordan, and a spokesperson for the LA Fireplace Division.

In his 2009 e-book “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet,” Jordan documented his transfer from Tennessee to Hollywood in 1982. He “boarded a Greyhound bus bound for LA with $1,200 sewn into his underpants and never looked back,” a writer’s description of the e-book learn.

The actor discovered work on tv in reveals like “The Fall Guy,” “Designing Women” and “The People Next Door.”

Jordan originated the function of Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram within the award-winning play “Sordid Lives,” which he reprised within the 2000 impartial movie adaption.

He was a fan-favorite for his recurring function as Karen’s good friend Beverley Leslie on “Will & Grace.” He additionally appeared in “American Horror Story” and “The Cool Kids.”

His star shone even brighter throughout the top of the pandemic when his social media presence took off on Instagram, garnering him hundreds of thousands of followers.

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Leslie Jordan talks web fame with Anderson Cooper

The platform additionally grew to become a spot the place Jordan shared about his struggles, recollections and household tales (many about his beloved mama) by the prism of humor.

Jordan talked to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about his previous substance abuse and being sober for greater than 20 years.

“People say ‘Well how do you get sober, what’s the best way,’” Jordan stated. “Yeah, well 120 days in the jailhouse in Los Angeles. That will sober you up.”

In a single submit, Jordan recalled a guard who took pity on how a lot Jordan disliked incarceration and knowledgeable him that that they had Robert Downey Jr. (who a long time in the past made headlines for a number of brushes with the regulation) in custody and can be releasing Jordan and giving Downey Jr. his mattress.

“Pod A, cell 13, top bunk,” Jordan recalled. “I feel responsible for most of Robert Downey Jr.’s success. Honey, I gave him a bed.”

His final posting on Instagram was him singing a hymn with artist Danny Myrick on Sunday.