Leslie Jordan made cardiologist's appointment for shortness of breath days before death in car crash
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Leslie Jordan is said to have scheduled a cardiologist appointment in the days leading up to his death on Monday, October 24.
The 67-year-old actor reportedly complained of shortness of breath for the past three weeks and even made a doctor's appointment for the coming days. Jordan was otherwise healthy, albeit he did have a bout with Covid last year. Law enforcement sources said they believe the Hollywood veteran suffered a heart attack when he wrecked his car into a Los Angeles building while on his way to work, resulting in his death.
Sources close to the late actor told TMZ that Jordan was scheduled to film for 'Call Me Kat' Monday morning, but people working on the show grew concerned after he didn't show up more than an hour after his call time. This was followed by a scramble to find the actor, with the cast eventually discovering he'd been involved in a car accident.
According to TMZ, Jordan was driving his BMW in Hollwyood when investigators believe he suffered some sort of medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle before crashing into the side of a building. Sources told the outlet the actor had been complaining of shortness of breath for the last three weeks and even scheduled an appointment with a cardiologist. That appointment, unfortunately, was supposed to happen sometime in the coming week.
It's unclear at this time if the appointment would have discovered any underlying health issues for the actor, but investigators are currently operating on the theory that he suffered a heart attack while driving. The medical examiner is investigating the incident and Jordan's official cause of death is yet to be released.
Tributes poured in for the 'Will and Grace' star shortly after news of his death emerged. “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 rep 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,” they added.
Jordan starred in the Mayim Bialik-led sitcom 'Call Me Kat', playing the head baker at Bialik’s character’s cafe in the show. The actress posted an emotional tribute honoring her co-star. "They broke the mold when they made Leslie Jordan," she wrote on Instagram. "He was a dear mentor and a beloved friend. I will miss him so much - it’s unimaginable that he’s gone. Rest well, sweet buddy."
That said, production for the Fox series has been paused in wake of Jordan's demise.