TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Emmy-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan died at the age of 67 Monday.
According to a report from TMZ, Jordan was driving in Hollywood Monday morning when he suffered a medical emergency and crashed his BMW sedan into the side of a building.
“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,” a representative for Jordan said in a statement Monday. “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.”
The Tennessee native, who won an on outstanding guest actor Emmy in 2005 for “Will & Grace,” appeared recently on the Mayim Bialik comedy “Call me Kat” and co-starred on the sitcom “The Cool Kids.” Jordan’s other eclectic credits include “Fantasy Island,” “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”
Jordan earned an unexpected new following in 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks in part to his silly video posts, lifting his Instagram to over 5.8 million followers. Many of his videos included him asking “How ya’ll doin?” and some included stories about Hollywood or his childhood growing up with identical twin sisters and their “mama,” as he called her. Other times he did silly bits like complete an indoor obstacle course.
“Someone called from California and said, ’Oh, honey, you’ve gone viral.’ And I said, ’No, no, I don’t have Covid. I’m just in Tennessee,” said Jordan. Celebrities including Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Alba and Anderson Cooper, along with brands such as Reebok and Lululemon, would post comments.
He told “TMZ Live” his secret to success was being himself — “a silly, funny, goofy, happy-go-lucky senior citizen.”
The spotlight even led Jordan to new opportunities. Earlier this month he released a gospel album called “Company’s Comin’” featuring Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Eddie Vedder and Tanya Tucker. He wrote a new book, “How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived.”