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Leslie Jordan, truly one of the most universally beloved stars of his generation, died last year in October following a minor car crash.
According to the coroner, Jordan's death at 67 was caused by "sudden heart failure due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease." In other words, Jordan died from a heart attack.
When Jordan died on the morning of October 24 last year, many wondered if he had died from a medical emergency. His car had crashed on the way to the set of the sitcom Call Me Kat, in which he co-starred. The car only had minor damage, leading to the suspicion that something else caused his untimely death.
Jordan was a TV and comedy icon, with roles in shows like Will & Grace (for which he won an Emmy in 2006), several seasons of American Horror Story, and the Fox sitcom Call Me Kat. During the pandemic he also started making wildly popular Instagram videos, expanding his reach to a new generation.
When his death was reported, former Will & Grace costar Sean Hayes paid tribute to the late actor, saying, "My heart is broken. Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone who ever met him, loved him. There will never be anyone like him. A unique talent with an enormous, caring heart. You will be missed, my dear friend."
Jordan's life will be celebrated next month at the Grand Ole Opry House during a show called Reportin' for Duty: A Tribute to Leslie Jordan. On February 19, his celebrity friends including Eddie Vedder, Maren Morris, Margaret Cho, Jim Parsons, and Mayim Bialik will pay tribute to the star.