Beloved comedian dies in car accident


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On October 24 AM 9:30 AM PT, Leslie Jordan passed away in a car crash at 67 in Los Angeles.” It is suspected he was suffering from a medical emergency while driving but the cause of death has not been released.

According to TMZ, Jordan was driving to film scenes for FOX’s “Call Me Kat,” he crashed his car into the side of a building at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood. After waiting over an hour for him on set, the crew became concerned. They later found out that he had been involved in a fatal car accident.

Before his death, he had been open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol; he didn’t become sober at 42 after serving time in county jail for 27 days. It is also suspected that drugs or alcohol may have been involved in his death.

Jordan is known for his role as Beverly Leslie a flamboyant socialite on “Will & Grace,” Phil a baker at Cat Cafe in “Call Me Kat,” and Sid Delacroix, the best friend of Hank Henderson, and Charlie and Margaret Flynn in “The Cool Kids”

He also shared videos on social media that helped many people through COVID. He shared stories about growing up gay in a religious environment with a father who served in the military and would post comedic videos on Instagram where he grew a large following. One of the videos is his reaction to the then-newly released song WAP by Cardi B.

The death has shocked many. Actor Lynda Carter, best known for her portrayal of Wonder Woman, said that he “put a smile on the faces of so many.” 

“What a feat to keep us all laughing and connected in such difficult times… It feels so cruel that this could happen to such a beautiful soul,” Carter wrote. 

Sarah Kate Ellis, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said Jordan “was a multitalented entertainer who charmed audiences for decades with heartfelt characters and passionate LGBTQ advocacy off-screen.” 

The group called him “a loyal friend” who also “made it a priority to help increase visibility for people in the south.”

Fox paid tribute to him in a 30-second video showing snippets of him on series such as Call Me Kat, The Cool Kids, Fantasy Land, Lego Masters, and The Masked Singer. The memorial ended with a touching message, reading “Forever part of the Fox family.” 

A fan of Jordan said, “I was very sad to see the video, but all we can do is remember him for the good things he has done in this world so he is not forgotten.”