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Leslie Jordan Dead: Will & Grace, American Horror Story Star was 67

Leslie Jordan Dead: Will & Grace, American Horror Story Star was 67

Leslie Jordan, an Emmy-winning actor, writer and singer best known for his roles in “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire,” has died. He was 67.

Jordan was driving into Hollywood Monday morning and crashed into the side of a building on Cahuenga Blvd. and Romaine St. He was suspected of having some sort of medical emergency.

Jordan was an accomplished actor whose credits also include “The Help,” “The Cool Kids,” and “Call Me Kat,” which is currently airing its third season on Fox. In 2006, he won the Emmy Award for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on “Will & Grace,” playing Karen’s sexually ambiguous, socialist frenemy Beverly Leslie.

He has appeared in TV shows including “Ally McBeal,” “Ugly Betty,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Hidden Palms,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Caroline in the City,” Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” “Reba,” “Boston Public,” “Nash Bridges,” and “Boston Legal,” as well as movies like “Ski Patrol,” “Roadside Rodeo,” “Love Ranch,” “Southern Baptist Sissies,” and ” United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

Jordan played three different characters in three different seasons of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story”, recurring in the episodes “Coven”, “Roanoke” and “1984”.

One of Jordan’s most celebrated roles was his turn as Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram in the play “Sordid Lives,” which was later adapted into a 2000 cult romantic film of the same name. In 1993, he created his first autobiographical show, “Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Haunted My Life Until Now,” which ran off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse for seven months. The play was about Jordan’s early life in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the actor was backed by a gospel choir who sang satirical songs about racism and homophobia. At the time of production of the piece, Variety praised Jordan’s “endearing stage presence” and called the show “bittersweet and hilarious.”

In 2020, Jordan became a social media phenomenon, gaining millions of Instagram followers thanks to his humorous videos posted during the pandemic.

Jordan released a gospel music album titled “Company’s Comin'” in 2021 and appeared as a guest panelist on “The Masked Singer” later that year, performing the gospel standard “This Little Light of Mine.”

Jordan, an LGBTQ icon, received the GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Timeless Star award in 2021. He appeared on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge in 2013 and again in 2022 as a guest director. During the AIDS crisis, he was involved in the Los Angeles AIDS project and Project Angel Food.

Jordan was born and raised in Tennessee and grew up in Southern Baptist. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and began collecting credits a few years later. From the age of twenty he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. In 2010, Jordan announced that he had been sober for 13 years.

“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” said David Shaul, Jordan’s agent. “Not only was he a mega-talent and a joy to work with, but he also provided the nation with an emotional refuge during one of its most trying times. What he lacked in length he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, performer, comedian, partner and human being. Knowing that he left the world at the height of his professional and personal life is the only consolation you can have today.”

His death was first reported by TMZ.

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