Internet star Leslie Jordan dies, aged 67

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Actor Leslie Jordan died Monday in Los Angeles, according to his agent. Jordan has reportedly been in a car accident, although the cause of his death has not been confirmed. He was 67 years old.

While best known in recent years for appearing on the TV series “American Horror Story,” “Will & Grace” and “Call Me Kat,” Jordan became an internet sensation early on in the pandemic due to videos he posted on Instagram. He filmed himself doing all kinds of humorous activities, from Rotate the stick as an exercise to me Lizzo sings while impersonating Sia With a fringed pillow over his head. At the time of his death, Jordan had 5.8 million followers and nearly a thousand posts on the platform.

“The world is definitely a darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan,” Jordan’s agent, David Shaul of talent agency BRS/Gage, said in a statement.

Shaul wrote, referring to Instagram videos Jordan was photographed during lockdown. “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 left the world at the height of his career and personal life is the only solace one can take today.”

in April 2020 interview with The Washington Post, Jordan said he joined Instagram at the invitation of select CEO Tess Sanchez Greenfield, who he said would be “perfect for you”. The number of his followers grew rapidly as his videos were widely reposted – at first by colleagues like Megan Mullally, he said, and then by absolute strangers. At one point, according to Jordan, he “posted something a little bit discolored once and something called the ‘best of Grindr,’ which is kind of a social media site, posted it.”

Jordan didn’t fully understand his rise to internet fame at the time—”Who are these people? I had no idea,” he recalls his initial response to the surge in followers—but he embraced it all along the same lines.

“But anyway, it’s all good,” he told the newspaper. “It’s good to be 65 and have a million followers on the internet. Not the path you planned, but you go with the flow.”

In addition to his comedic talents, Jordan has won praise for being open about his sexuality. Talk about what it feels like to be a gay man who grew up in church On Shania Twain’s radio show “I firmly believe that God created me this way,” he said last year. “I’m not wrong.”

After learning of the death of Jordan, playwright Jeremy Harris chirp That Jordan was “truly one of the souls who made aging as a queer feel more exciting than what is there at present.”

Eric McCormack, who played the titular will in “Will & Grace” Wrote That he was “crushed to learn more about losing…the funniest and funniest Southern Gent I’ve ever known” who brought “joy and laughter” to the series. “It’s almost thirty years early,” he added. “You were loved, sweet man.”

Actor Sean Hayes, who also starred in the feature-length show, shared a photo of himself with Jordan and wrote on Twitter that “Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone he met loved him. There will never be anyone like him.”

Jackie Harry, from chirp That she was “totally sad,” she shared a clip of Jordan who appeared alongside her on the sitcom “The Cool Kids.” she continued“This guy has never been afraid to act an idiot! The smiles he brought to our faces while doing so could not be counted. They are infinite.”

Actress Marley Matlin I remember working with Jordan in her first TV series, “Reasonable Doubts,” adding that he “was at the top of his game and had a lot to look forward to.”

Jordan’s hometown Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tim Kelly, shared a photo of himself with Jordan and Description of the actor on Twitter “Chattanooga’s legend and national treasure has brought joy and hope to millions, leaving behind a lasting legacy of love and acceptance.”

Actresses Linda Carter and Hannah Waddingham were among those who noted how Jordan’s videos hailed the cheer during the pandemic: “What an achievement that makes us all laugh and connect in such difficult times,” Carter said. “It feels so cruel that this could happen to such a beautiful soul.”

Wadingham expressed her gratitude for Jordan’s “warmth and sense of humor through the global lockdown,” adding that she felt “so blessed to have to tell you personally what you meant to me.”

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