Actor-comedian Leslie Jordan suffered “sudden cardiac dysfunction” before his vehicle crashed into the side of a building in October, medical officials said Thursday.
According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, hardening of the arteries also contributed to the Oct. 24 death of Jordan, 67, who was pronounced dead at the scene in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Jordan was driving a BMW when he crashed into the side of a building at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street, according to the newspaper. At the time, a law enforcement source told the Times that the condition of the actor’s vehicle suggested that a medical emergency had led to the crash.
Jordan was best known for his characters on “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story,” “The Cool Kids” and “Call Me Kat,” People reported.
Jordan became an overnight social media sensation during the COVID-19 pandemic due to his uplifting and often silly video posts on Instagram from his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. According to TMZ, Jordan’s Instagram followers ballooned from about 80,000 to roughly 5.8 million because of his posts.
“A friend of mine called from California and said, ‘You have gone viral.’ And I said, ‘No, honey, I’m fine. I don’t have COVID,’” Leslie joked to the Times in 2021.
In early January, “Call Me Kat” aired an episode with a special tribute from country singer Dolly Parton, a longtime friend, People reported.
“I know usually at a memorial, people talk about somebody. Well, I’m going to talk to you,” the 76-year-old Parton said. “Because there is that place on the other side, and I’m certainly going to see you there, little brother. You left a lot of people here with a lot of precious, precious memories. Everybody loved you, but I doubt many of them loved you more than I did.”
Jordan, who stood 4 feet, 11 inches tall, won an Emmy Award in 2006 for his role as Beverley Leslie in “Will & Grace,” People reported. He also competed on “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2014, appearing in 14 episodes, according to IMDb.com.
He was memorialized in Chattanooga on Nov. 20 at an event attended by hundreds of fans and friends, including Mayor Tim Kelly, the Times reported.
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