American Horror Story comedian Leslie Jordan dies aged 67
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American Horror Story star Leslie Jordan has died at the age of 67 after being involved in a car crash, his agent has confirmed.
According to Page Six, the actor and comedian passed away on Monday morning (24 October), stating that he had been driving in Hollywood when he was suspected to have suffered a 'medical emergency' - and subsequently crashed his BMW into the side of a building.
Jordan's agent David Shaul said in a statement to Variety: “The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan.
“Not only was he a mega talent and joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary to the nation at one of its most difficult times. What he lacked in height he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, partner and human being.
"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.”
Jordan was best known for appearing in the likes of American Horror Story and Will and Grace.
Other TV roles included 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, while he featured in movies such as The Help and Hero.
Outside of TV and film, he released a gospel music album called Company's Comin' in 2021, appearing on series six of The Masked Singer to perform 'This Little Light of Mine' as 'Soft Serve', before returning as a guest panelist the following season.
Jordan also became a viral sensation during the pandemic, when he gained millions of followers on Instagram by posting amusing videos.
Paying tribute to the late comedian, Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted: “I am stunned at the death of Leslie Jordan, who delighted us with his many roles on television and film. 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.”
Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter also said: “Leslie Jordan put a smile on the faces of so many, especially with his pandemic videos. 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.”
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