Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, RuPaul and other celebrities react to the death of Leslie Jordan

Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, RuPaul and other celebrities react to the death of Leslie Jordan


The unexpected death of a television star and social media darling Leslie Jordan it prompted a flood of heartfelt tributes.

The actor died Monday, his talent agent Sarabeth Schedeen said in a statement to CNN. He was 67 years old.

Jordan’s most recognizable credit was his time on “Will & Grace” as Beverley Leslie, a role he reprized throughout the series, including its recent reboot.

Co-star Eric McCormack posted two tributes to Jordan his Instagramand one shows the couple performing in front of the cameras on the show.

“Devastated to learn of the loss of @thelesliejordan, the funniest and flirtiest Southern gentleman I’ve ever known,” McCormack wrote in the caption. “The joy and laughter he brought to each of his #WillandGrace episodes was palpable. He left about 30 years too soon. You were loved sweet man.”

Sean Hayes, who played Jack on the NBC sitcom, too shared the photo, calling Jordan “one of the funniest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”

“Everyone who ever met him loved him. There will never be anyone like him,” he wrote. “A unique talent with a huge, caring heart. Leslie, I will miss you dear friend.”

Debra Messing, who played Grace on the show, addressed Jordan directly in it her tributesaying “the joy and exhilaration you brought into my life was a beautiful gift.”

At Megan Mullally’s a long and emotional tribute, she called Jordan “hands down, one of the greats,” adding that he is “impeccably funny, a comedic virtuoso.” Jordan’s character Beverly often switched with Mullally’s Karen on the hit series, creating some of her most interesting moments.

At the end of her tribute, Mullally said: “One thing I know for sure… there will never be another you.”

Dolly Parton offered her condolences with a slide of text on Instagram, writing, “I’m hurt and shocked like I lost a family member.” She highlighted the “special bond” she shared with Jordan and said he will be “missed by all who knew him personally and by all who entertained him.”

The official account for “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” on which Jordan was a guest judge, also shared the tribute, thanking Jordan on Twitter for “countless laughs and sharing your spirit with us all.”

Celebrities from across television and film – both those who worked with Jordan and not – also paid tribute to the actor.

“Leslie was such a light to so many,” actress Michelle Pfeiffer wrote Instagram. “Generously gifting the world with your love and humor, especially during this lockdown; one of our darkest and loneliest times. He lived each day to bring joy to everyone he came in contact with.”

Loni Love shared a sweet memory, writing that they last worked together when they were both co-hosts of CBS’ “The Talk” and that Jordan “was so much fun to be around.”

“[He] he always had a funny story and inspired me to keep working in what could be an old age industry,” she wrote. “I will miss you my friend. Mom is waiting for you.”

He TwitterLynda Carter remembered Jordan as someone who “brought a smile to many faces, especially with his pandemic videos.”

“What a feat to laugh and connect 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 in Fox’s “Call Me Kat”. Filming on the series, which is currently in its third season, has been suspended following the news of Jordan’s death, according to a Fox Entertainment spokesperson.

In a statement to CNN, Fox Entertainment said that Jordan “was far more than an Emmy Award-winning comedic talent that we’ve had laughs with 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.”

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