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RuPaul's Drag Race stars Trixie Mattel and Katya learned about Leslie Jordan's death while speaking to Out in an exclusive interview about their new book.
Best known for his roles in films like The Helpand The United States vs. Billie Holiday, and television projects like Will & Grace, American Horror Story, and Hearts Afire, Jordan suddenly died at 67 years of age from a car crash while driving in Los Angeles (according to an early Monday report from TMZ).
Katya reacted to the news:
"It's a tragedy but I know he's up there twerking with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and singing with the angels."
Trixie then explained her connection to the legendary comedian and how their careers constantly intertwined:
"I love him and, honestly, he was a friend of mine and collaborated on... my first music video ["Mama Don't Make Me Put on the Dress Again"] had him in it. He did it for almost no money, he did it for fun. He came to my first album party, came to a gay bar just to say hi. And then he was on Trixie Motel, we did American Horror Story... for some reason, the universe was always putting us together. It's really a bummer. But you know what, the magic of Leslie is that we had him. We lived at the same time as Leslie Jordan, so let's be happy with that."
\u201cHere\u2019s me and @thelesliejordan to bless your TL.\u201d— Trixie Mattel\u2122 (@Trixie Mattel\u2122) 1601569027
"There are not many unique people in this world and he was one of them."
"Seriously. And obviously, his impact on Will & Grace, what he did for gay people. I mean, that movie where he plays that drag queen, Sordid Lives. I mean, it's cool that at the end of his life he had this massive resurgence because you always want people to get their flowers and, bitch, he got his flowers."
It's an incredibly sad day for the LGBTQ+ community. Rest in Power, Leslie Jordan.