The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that actor Leslie Jordan’s cause of death was a “sudden cardiac dysfunction” and that arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease was a secondary factor.
Jordan passed away on October 24th in a car accident caused by this medical event. The death was determined to be natural and there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in his system. Jordan had been sober for over 20 years at the time of his death. He was 67.
Jordan was best known for his characters on Will & Grace, American Horror Story, and Call Me Kat, among others. He was a talented and respected actor in Hollywood, and his death came as a shock to many. He had a career that spanned several decades and was well-loved by audiences and fellow actors alike.
During the COVID pandemic lockdown, Jordan rose to social media fame after he began posting Instagram videos that were equal parts heartwarming, hilarious and relatable.
In them, he opened up about his life as a Southern gay man, sharing stories from his family and life experience. Followers praised Jordan for his sweet demeanor and laugh-out-loud storytelling.
After he rose to social media fame, Jordan told PEOPLE it was one of the first times he felt truly seen for who he was, not just the characters he became known for. “People knew me from my characters, but I’m amazed that people discovered me as me.
They loved me,” he said. “And they came back.” After news of his death surfaced, Jordan’s friends and fans around the world paid tribute on social media.
“We are shocked and devastated by today’s tragic passing of Leslie Jordan,” Call Me Kat star Mayim Bialik said in a statement on behalf of the show, which halted production temporarily to allow the cast to grieve.
“Leslie was far more than an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent with whom we’ve laughed alongside for all these years. He was the kindest person you could ever imagine who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and huge smiles to millions of people around the world.”
The statement continued, “The truest of Southern Gentlemen, Leslie carried an infectious exuberance, indelible sense of humor and, throughout, gifted us with countless fond memories that will last forever.
As we grieve this sad news, we also wish to extend our most profound sympathies to Leslie’s family, friends, and fans, whom he held so dear.” In early January, Call Me Kat aired an episode with a special tribute from Jordan’s longtime friend Dolly Parton.
“I know usually at a memorial, people talk about somebody. Well, I’m going to talk to you,” said the “I Will Always Love You” singer, 76. “Because there is that place on the other side, and I’m certainly going to see you there, little brother. You left a lot of people here
Leslie Jordan, a beloved actor known for his roles on Will & Grace, American Horror Story, and Call Me Kat, passed away on October 24th due to a “sudden cardiac dysfunction” and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. He was 67 and had been sober for over 20 years at the time of his death.
Jordan’s death came as a shock to many, as he was a talented and respected actor in Hollywood and had a successful career that spanned several decades. He will be greatly missed by fans and fellow actors alike.
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