Leslie Jordan, a comedian, died on Monday after suffering a’medical emergency’ and crashing his BMW into the side of a building in Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Police Department did not identify Jordan, 67, but told DailyMail.com that at 9.30 a.m., they received a call about a car that had crashed into a wall near Romaine Street and Cahuenga Boulevard.
Jordan lived in Los Angeles and was known for his work on Will & Grace, Call Me Kat, and American Horror Story. He had recently begun a career as a country singer and had just teased the release of a new song a day before his death.
The country artists posted a video of himself singing along with songwriter Danny Myrick on Instagram on Sunday and announced he would be releasing a new single.
‘Sunday Mornin’ Hymm Singin’ with @dannymyrick,’ Jordan wrote on social media. ‘Danny helped me with a new original song that should be comin’ out real soon. Love. Light. Leslie.’
Actor George Takei confirmed the late actor’s death and mourned him on Twitter.
‘I am stunned at the death of Leslie Jordan, who delighted us with his many roles on television and film,’ Takei wrote.
‘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 appeared in other television series, such as Ugly Betty, Star Trek: Voyager, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Reba.
The beloved Will & Grace star blew up on social media in 2020 by posting humorous videos on social media.
It began when he started posting to the social media platform as he hunkered down in his native Chattanooga, Tennessee, in March 2020 amid the pandemic.
The television star captivated a different audience and is now at 5.8 million followers on Instagram.
‘People knew me from my characters, but I’m amazed that, people discovered me as me. They loved me. And they came back,’ Jordan said at the time.
Celebrities mourned the actor on social media and remembered him for his humor.
‘Leslie Jordan put a smile on the faces of so many, especially with his pandemic videos,’ actress Lynda Carter wrote. ‘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.’
Jordan arrived in Hollywood in 1982 and soon found work in a variety of TV shows including Murphy Brown, Night Court, Midnight Caller, and Hearts Afire.
By the 2000s, he was working steadily in primetime hits such as Ally McBeal, Boston Public and Boston Legal.
In 2001, he was cast as Beverley Leslie in Will & Grace and continued to appear regularly throughout its run until it ended after eight seasons in 2006.
He won the 2006 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for the role and he returned for the sictom’s reboot from 2017 to 2020.
Jordan also appeared in the hit 2011 movie The Help and in several episodes of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series American Horror Story on FX.
He then returned to the big screen for the Fox sitcom Call Me Kat which stars Mayim Bialik and is executive produced by Jim Parsons.