The unexpected passing of TV star and social media favorite Leslie Jordan has prompted an outpouring of heartfelt tributes.
The actor died Monday, his talent agent Sarabeth Schedeen told CNN in a statement. He was 67 years old.
Jordan’s most recognizable credit was her time on “Will & Grace” as Beverley Leslie, a role she reprized throughout the show’s run, including its recent reboot.
Co-star Eric McCormack posted two tributes to Jordan on his Instagram, one of which shows the pair performing for the cameras on the show.
“Crushed to learn of the loss of @thelesliejordan, the funniest, most flirty southern gentleman I’ve ever met,” McCormack wrote in the caption. “The joy and laughter he brought to each of his #WillandGrace episodes was palpable. Gone about 30 years too soon. You were loved, sweet man.
Sean Hayes, who played Jack on the NBC sitcom, also shared a photo, calling jordaninHe is one of the funniest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”
“Everyone who ever knew him loved him. There will never be anyone like him,” she wrote. “A unique talent with a huge and supportive heart. Leslie, you will be missed, my dear friend.”
The official account of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, in which Jordan acted as a guest judge, also shared a tribute, thanking Jordan On twitter for “the countless laughs and for sharing your spirit with all of us.”
Celebrities from television and film, both those who worked with Jordan and those who did not, also honored the actor.
“Leslie was a light to so many,” actress Michelle Pfeiffer wrote on Instagram. “Giving generously to the world her love and humor, especially during this confinement; one of our darkest and loneliest moments. She lived every day to bring joy to everyone she came in contact with.”
Loni Love shared a sweet memory, writing that the last time they worked together was when they were both guest hosts on CBS’s “The Talk” and Jordan “was so much fun to be around.”
“[He] he always had a funny story and he inspired me to keep going in an industry that could be discriminatory,” she wrote. “I will miss you my friend. Mom is waiting for you.”
In TwitterLynda Carter remembered Jordan for being someone who “put a smile on the face of so many, especially with his pandemic videos.”
“What a feat to keep us all laughing and connected in such difficult times,” she wrote. “It feels so cruel that this could happen to such a beautiful soul.”
Jordan’s most recent role was on Fox’s “Call Me Kat.” The show, currently in its third season, halted filming following news of Jordan’s death, according to a Fox Entertainment spokesperson.
In a statement provided to CNN, Fox Entertainment said that Jordan “was so much more than an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent that we’ve laughed at for all these years. He was the kindest person you could imagine he just lit up a room and brought pure joy and huge smiles to millions of people around the world.”