Leslie Jordan’s Cause of Death Confirmed

Leslie Jordan’s cause of death has been confirmed as a heart attack.


The Call Me Kat actor, 67, died suddenly on Oct. 24 when a “sudden cardiac dysfunction” caused him to crash into a building in Hollywood, California, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.


The LACCO determined Jordan’s death in his car was from natural causes and listed arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease as a secondary factor.




Ahead of the official coroner’s report, Jordan’s agent confirmed to PEOPLE that Jordan had been involved in a car accident following what appeared to be a medical emergency. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.


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Jordan was best known for his characters on Will & Grace, American Horror Story and Call Me Kat, among others. During the COVID pandemic lockdown, Jordan rose to social media fame after he began posting Instagram videos that were equal parts heartwarming, hilarious and relatable.


In them, Jordan opened up about his life as a Southern gay man, sharing stories from his family and life experience. Followers praised Jordan for his sweet demeanor and laugh-out-loud storytelling.


After he rose to social media fame, Jordan told PEOPLE it was one of the first times he felt truly seen for who he was — not just the characters he became known for. “People knew me from my characters, but I’m amazed that people discovered me as me. They loved me,” he said. “And they came back.”




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After news of his death surfaced, Jordan’s costars, team, and other Hollywood players shared their grief on social media.


“We are shocked and devastated by today’s tragic passing of Leslie Jordan,” Call Me Kat star Mayim Bialik said in a statement on behalf of the show. “Leslie was far more than an Emmy Award winning comedic talent with whom we’ve laughed alongside for all these years. He was the kindest person you could ever imagine who simply lit up a room and brought pure joy and huge smiles to millions of people around the world.”


The statement continued, “The truest of Southern Gentlemen, Leslie carried an infectious exuberance, indelible sense of humor and, throughout, gifted us with countless fond memories that will last forever. As we grieve this sad news, we also wish to extend our most profound sympathies to Leslie’s family, friends and fans, whom he held so dear,” it continued.


Following news of Jordan’s death, PEOPLE confirmed the series had halted production.

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