The late Leslie Jordan reportedly had a cardiologist appointment scheduled before his unexpected passing on Monday.
On Tuesday, TMZ reported that the 67-year-old actor had complained of shortness of breath for the past three weeks to the point where he made a doctor’s appointment at some point in the coming weeks.
Law enforcement sources told the outlet they believe Jordan suffered a heart attack while at the wheel, causing him to crash his vehicle into a Los Angeles building. The two factors resulted in his death.
His official cause of death has not been announced. Meanwhile, tributes have poured in for the “Will and Grace” star.
“The world is definitely a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan. Not only was he a mega talent and joy to work with, but he provided an emotional sanctuary to the nation at one of its most difficult times,” Jordan’s manager told the New York Post on Monday.
“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 has left the world at the height of both his professional and personal life is the only solace one can have today,” his rep added.
Some of Jordan’s former costars on the hit show gave tributes to the late actor on social media, including actress Megan Mullally who played Karen Walker on the hit show.
Mullally said her “heart is breaking” and she “can’t believe” news of Jordan’s death.
“Leslie Jordan was, hands down, one of the greats. People use that expression a lot, and I’m not sure it’s always applicable,” Mullally wrote in an Instagram post.
“There aren’t that many people who are truly great at anything. But Leslie was flawlessly funny, a virtuoso of comedy. His timing, his delivery, all apparently effortless,” she added in part. “You can’t get any better than that. And what a friendly, fun-loving, dear person.”
Eric McCormack, who starred as Will Truman on the show, called the late actor “the funniest and flirtiest southern gent I’ve ever known.”
“The joy and laughter he brought to every one of his [“Will & Grace”] episodes was palpable. Gone about thirty years too soon. You were loved, sweet man,” McCormack wrote.
Even country singer Dolly Parton shared her condolences, writing “Leslie and I had a special bond, I think the world felt they had a special bond with him. I know people always say, ‘Oh, they will be missed’ but in this case that could not be more true.”
Jordan starred in the Mayim Bialik-led sitcom “Call Me Kat” as the head baker at Bialik’s character’s cafe. Upon Jordan’s death, Fox suspended production of the series.
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