Actor Leslie Jordan died of sudden heart failure, according to an autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The heart dysfunction Jordan suffered was due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Department. The 67-year-old actor was involved in a car accident when he died in Hollywood in October last year, but the autopsy report said his cause of death was natural.
“The autopsy showed a well-nourished man with no evidence of life-threatening trauma,” the report said. A toxicology report was negative for ethanol, marijuana, common illicit drugs, and commonly abused prescription drugs like fentanyl and opiates.
Arteriosclerosis occurs when blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of the body become thick and stiff, which can restrict blood flow to organs, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The coroner’s report lists “moderate to severe” cardiovascular disease caused by plaque buildup. He listed 80% anterior descending artery stenosis (narrowing), 50% left circumflex artery stenosis, and 20% right coronary artery stenosis.
Jordan, known for his short stature of 4’11” and who has appeared in ‘Will & Grace’, ‘The Cool Kids’ and the movie ‘The Help’ among others, has become an even more notable star during the pandemic with his thoughts on social media that have become memes.
A day after the shocking death of Leslie Jordan, tributes are pouring in at the scene of the accident in Hollywood and several celebrities, including Dolly Parton, have sent their condolences to the late star.