Actor Leslie Jordan died of sudden heart failure, according to an autopsy report from the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, the cardiac dysfunction Jordan suffered was due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The 67-year-old actor was involved in a car accident during his death in Hollywood last October, but the autopsy report called his cause of death a natural cause.
“Autopsy showed a well-fed 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 such as fentanyl and opiates.
Arteriosclerosis occurs when the 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 listed “moderate to severe” cardiovascular disease caused by plaque buildup. It reported 80% stenosis (narrowing) of the anterior descending artery, 50% stenosis of the left circumflex artery, and 20% stenosis of the right coronary artery.
Jordan, known for his diminutive height of six feet and who appeared in ‘Will & Grace’, ‘The Cool Kids’ and the movie ‘The Help’, among others, became an even more striking star during the pandemic with his musings . on social media that became memes.
A day after Leslie Jordan’s shocking death, tributes are pouring in at the scene of the crash in Hollywood and several celebrities, including Dolly Parton, have offered their condolences to the late star.