Authorities try to determine how Leslie Jordan died

Authorities are trying to determine a cause of death for Leslie Jordan, the beloved comedy actor, who died Monday after his car crashed into a Hollywood building.

The Los Angeles County coroner plans Tuesday to perform an autopsy on 67-year-old Jordan, who was pronounced dead at the scene after the BMW he was driving was thrown into a building on Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Jordan was killed in the accident or had a previous medical emergency, but the condition of the vehicle indicated he may have lost control of the car, a law enforcement source said.

Black skid marks from Cahuenga Boulevard led over the curb and onto the sidewalk, where around 9:30 a.m. Jordan’s BMW crashed into the metal facade of the building, denting it.

A car lies on the sidewalk after colliding with a building.

The scene on Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street in Hollywood where actor Leslie Jordan’s car crashed Monday.

(KTLA)

Jordan won an Emmy in 2006 for his performance as the derogatory Beverley Leslie on the hit TV show Will & Grace and became an internet sensation during the pandemic.

The diminutive dandy – Jordan was 1.6m tall and openly gay – was hailed as an LGBTQ icon expanding the possibilities of queer identity on and off screen.

As news of his death broke Monday, police continued to investigate the scene of the accident while fans erected a makeshift memorial at the intersection.

Joey Wiser and Felipe Araipa stopped by on the way home. Both grew up with Jordan on “Will & Grace” and were among the millions who enjoyed his amusing pandemic cables on Instagram.

“I think it brought a lot of us together at a time when we weren’t sure what was going on,” Wiser said of Jordan’s antics on social media.

Chloë Phoenix, who drove to the scene with her mother Jessie and sister Jazmine, happily whipped out her phone and grinned while watching one of Jordan’s viral videos of him spinning around with a baton in hand and yelling, “Daddy, watch me spin!”

The sisters said they admired how Jordan represented the LGBTQ community. Her mother said Jazmine was in tears after learning of his death.

“Not many celebrities touch you that way,” Jessie Phoenix said after the family lit a prayer candle alongside flowers. “That was a total crush on us.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-25/autopsy-to-determine-how-leslie-jordan-died Authorities try to determine how Leslie Jordan died

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