Leslie Jordan, Will & Grace And American Horror Story Star, Dies Aged 67

Leslie Jordan Dead: The beloved actor, who starred in Will & Grace and American Horror Story, has died aged 67.
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Beloved actor Leslie Jordan, who starred in Will & Grace and American Horror Story, has died aged 67.

The American actor, writer and singer crashed into the side of a building in Hollywood on October 24, reports TMZ.

It’s believed he suffered some type of ‘medical emergency’.

After hearing the tragic news, thousands have taken to Twitter and paid tribute to Jordan.

Screenwriter Jeremy O Harris penned: “This is so heartbreaking.

“Your star shined bright no matter where you were on screen and even more so off. You were truly one of the spirits that made ageing as a queer man feel more exciting than existing in the present. To a lived fully!


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Star Trek actor George Takei said: “I am stunned at the death of Leslie Jordan, who delighted us with his many roles on television and film.

“The cause of death was a car crash after he suffered a medical emergency. Leslie, we are heartbroken at your loss and will miss your mirth and your inimitable spirit.”

Jordan starred in more than 20 films and over 40 shows during his illustrious career.

The Call Me Kat star also published numerous books, with his most recent book being ‘How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived’, which was published in April 2021.

Earlier that year, Jordan told E! News: “I think the tone is like a very helpful tone and it’s lessons that I have learned presented in a fun way, like this happened and it was hilarious, but what was the lesson learned.

Leslie Jordan
Beloved actor Leslie Jordan has died aged 67. Credit: @thelesliejordan/Instagram

“Or this happened, and it wasn’t that hilarious, but what was the lesson learned. So, I’m really proud that it has my voice.”

Jordan broke onto the small screen in The Fall Guy in the 1980s, which was followed by parts in Pee-wee’s PlayhouseLouis & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Dharma & Greg and Ellen.

The AHS star was born and grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was brought up in a strict religious household, reports PinkNews.

Apparently, comedy helped him to cope with struggles, such as coming out as gay.

In 2021, Jordan appeared on Shania Twain’s Apple Music Hits show, where he elaborated on this.

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He said: “When I’m being very dramatic I say, ‘Well, I grew up in the church, but I walked away’, because the whole gay thing came around.

“I firmly believe that God made me this way. I’m not a mistake.”

He also said that his father once told him that his ability to make people laugh was his ‘gift’.

Jordan recalled: “He recognised it even before I did, that I was this funny kid.

“I didn’t know. So, I think over the years I’ve thought of that and… what a gift.

“What a gift to be able to make people laugh, to have a talent for that, because you can tell a joke and somebody else can tell that same joke and if they don’t have the rhythm, whatever it is that comedians have.

“It’s like music. We hear the music. It’s the rhythm.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.