UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 08: Leslie Jordan co-hosts the announcement of nominees for the 94th Annual Academy Awardson February 08, 2022. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images)
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Will & Grace Star And Beloved Character Actor Leslie Jordan Has Died At 67
The entertainment world has just suffered a sudden and irreplaceable loss, as TMZ reports that legendary character actor and comedy icon Leslie Jordan has tragically passed away. The cause of death is reported as a suspected medical emergency that caused him to crash his vehicle while driving in Hollywood on Monday morning. He was 67 years old.
Best known for his roles in "Hearts Afire," "Will & Grace" (for which he won an Emmy), the cult classic film "Sordid Lives," and playing multiple characters on "American Horror Story," Jordan also starred in "The Help" and had various guest appearances on several TV shows over the decades. Even more than the prestigious and prolific credits to his name, however, Jordan prided himself as an activist at the forefront of LGBTQ+ rights.
Later in life, Jordan was outspoken about his struggles balancing his upbringing as a Southern Baptist, his sexuality, and his battles with sobriety and drug abuse as a young man growing up in the spotlight of Hollywood. A true multihyphenate, Jordan released a gospel music album titled "Company's Comin'" in 2021 and even appeared as a guest panelist on season 6 of "The Masked Singer."