Entertainer Leslie Jordan suffered “sudden cardiac dysfunction” before crashing into the side of a building in Hollywood in October, the L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner has determined. The actor, comic and musician, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to information in the coroner database on Thursday, arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease — hardening of the arteries — was a contributing factor.
Jordan was driving a BMW when he crashed into the side of a building at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street on the morning of Oct. 24. At the time, a law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times that the condition of the actor’s vehicle suggested that a medical emergency had precipitated the crash.
The 4-foot-11 native of Tennessee had well over 100 acting credits, including episodes of “Will & Grace,” which earned him an Emmy in 2006. He appeared on “American Horror Story,” “Call Me Kat” and “The Cool Kids,” to name a few, and competed on “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2014.
“A friend of mine called from California and said, ‘You have gone viral.’ And I said, ‘No, honey, I’m fine. I don’t have COVID,’” he joked to the L.A. Times early in 2021.
“I don’t know how I did it because now I scramble for content….,” he continued. “Every day, I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God! I need to post. What should I come up with?’”
“If you had any doubt about me, when I open my mouth 50 yards of purple chiffon come out,” he said in April 2021, discussing his then-new gospel album, “Company’s Comin’.” “But when I’m singing a hymn, I sound kind of butch.”
Jordan, who had a private funeral, was memorialized in Chattanooga on Nov. 20 at an event attended by hundreds of fans and friends, including Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly.
The charity event — which raised money through ticket sales for CEMPA Community Care — included singing, music, comedy and audience participation, per the family’s wishes, local ABC affiliate NewsChannel 9 reported.
Entertainer Leslie Jordan suffered “sudden cardiac dysfunction” before crashing into the side of a building in Hollywood in October, the L.A. County