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‘Heartbroken’: Hollywood stars pay tribute to Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan has died aged 67. Photo/Getty Images

The stars shared their memories and their grief following the death of actor Leslie Jordan in a car accident.

the old will and grace The 67-year-old actor rammed his car into the side of a building in Los Angeles on Monday morning local time. It is believed he suffered a medical emergency while driving.

Jordan’s death comes when he was more popular than ever, his career enjoying a resurgence thanks to his hilarious Instagram account, which entertained millions during the pandemic as he posted daily reflections on life in lockdown -out.

And he was clearly loved all over Hollywood too, with many other stars expressing their grief at the loss of a man who was short in stature – he was just 150cm tall – but big in heart and personality.

Jordan was best known for his work as a scene stealer on the sitcom will and gracewhere he played Beverley Leslie, a socialite enemy of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally).

His old will and grace co-stars Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes are today “heartbroken” at the news of his death:

Companion will and grace stars Mullally and Debra Messing have yet to publicly comment on Jordan’s death.

Another star described him as a “walking ball of love”.

His last post before his death showed him working on a musical project that he promised “to be released very soon”.

“Leslie, I can’t believe this! writes singer Nicole Scherzinger. “Just heartbroken. You were Love and Light my friend. I love you so much and we will miss you so much.”

“Too sad for us today,” actress Selma Blair wrote “Oh Leslie! I love you so much. So much. You are stardust and all the love we all cry in the world. My own spirit soars when I think of you. And always will. I can imagine millions of others thank heaven that you existed here. And you gave your true self, but I want Your hug again. Your strong hold. You showed me what a great man can be. I love you. I kiss your loved ones. writing.

“He was the funniest, cutest guy on the planet and a true friend,” actor Dylan McDermott said.

“Every Christmas he would put me on loudspeaker to chat with his mum and the twins. My heart breaks for Cricket. She lost her entire family this year. Let’s keep her uplifted in prayer,” the actress wrote Octavia Spencer, referring to Jordan’s sister.

“You, Leslie. You were the purest form of funny that ever existed. RIP, sir, says modern family starring Eric Stonestreet.

Others paid tribute via Twitter – including country legend Dolly Parton, who dubbed Jordan her “little brother”:

“This is the saddest news ever. So shocking. A real loss. I loved Leslie; I just loved him,” fellow comedian Amy Sedaris wrote on Instagram.

“This is absolutely heartbreaking. Such a beautiful joyful soul,” Juliette Lewis wrote under her post.

In recent years, Jordan has been an occasional and hilarious guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race – and the artists of this franchise also paid tribute:

And among all the tributes was a very funny and never-before-seen anecdote of Jordan from fellow actor Paul F. Tompkins, who revealed that several years ago he attended an audition to play the gay best friend of television legend Carol Burnett in a sitcom that would mark her return to the small screen. The character had to be “well-dressed but NOT FLAMBOYANT”.

“The assemblage of people at the audition was WILD. Lots of familiar faces, everyone from Jerry Minor to Paul Reubens to…Leslie Jordan. Everyone was in suits and ties,” Tompkins tweeted.

“I wore a light blue suit with a pearl gray waistcoat and a yellow tie. When Leslie Jordan walked into the room, he cracked a dozen jokes around the room in a minute, then looked at me and said, “I guess you didn’t get the note on ‘flamboyant.'”