‘Will and Grace’ Actor Leslie Jordan Killed in Car Crash

Leslie Jordan at the 2018 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews - FOX, Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills, CA 09-13-18 — Photo by s_bukley/Deposit Photos

Leslie Jordan, an Emmy-winning actor who was known for his roles on Will & Grace and American Horror Story, died Monday after his car crashed into a building in Los Angeles. He was 67.

The crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. near the intersection of Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The actor was driving the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene, the LAPD said. Police did not confirm the driver’s identity, but the Los Angeles Times and TMZ both reported the person killed was Jordan.

“Jordan was driving in Hollywood Monday morning when it’s suspected he suffered some sort of medical emergency and crashed his BMW into the side of a building,” law enforcement sources told TMZ 

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WILL & GRACE -- "Friends with Benefits" Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Leslie Jordan as Beverley Leslie -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
Megan Mullally as Karen Walker and Leslie Jordan as Beverley Leslie on ‘Will & Grace’. (Credit: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank)

“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” a representative for the actor said in a statement Monday to the Associated Press. “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.”

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jordan became famous for his work on the NBC comedy Will & Grace. He won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2006 for his role on the sitcom as Beverley Leslie.

The veteran actor and comedian also had roles on the television series Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal, The Cool Kids, and Call Me Kat. And he appeared in movies, including The Help and The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

The actor with the Southern drawl became a social media star during the height of the pandemic by regularly posting videos on Instagram about how he was coping with the lockdown and anecdotes about his life.

In a 2020 interview with The Washington Post, Jordan admitted he didn’t know much about computers or technology. But he said the staff in the publicity department on The Cool Kids convinced him to join Instagram.

“They set it up for me, and I did my first post,” he said.