Country Music Stars Remember Leslie Jordan: ‘One Of The Sweetest, Most Caring Souls’
The country music community is mourning the loss of Leslie Jordan. Following his tragic death on Monday (Oct. 24), Jordan’s…
Jelly Roll, Tanya Tucker, TJ Osborne with Leslie Jordan; Photos via Instagram
The country music community is mourning the loss of Leslie Jordan.
Following his tragic death on Monday (Oct. 24), Jordan’s friends and collaborators took to social media to share heartfelt remembrances of the actor and comedian.
Brothers Osborne was one of the first artists to pay tribute to Jordan on social media. The duo had a cherished friendship with Jordan as they collaborated with him on his Gospel album and he later appeared in their “I’m Not For Everyone” music video.
“Rest in peace you sweet sweet man,” Brothers Osborne wrote. “You left a fullness in people’s hearts, a smile on their faces, and joy in their souls. We’ll meet again in the sweet by and by, Leslie.”
Country music icon Tanya Tucker also shared a heartfelt post and questioned by Jordan was taken “too soon.”
“The laughter has died along with my funny funny friend, @thelesliejordan,” she wrote. “I’m taking some time off the road in another country and I feel so far away on this very sad day. It’s impossible to have any joy or laughter in a place where people come to do Just That. Smiles, cheerful beautiful memories, songs and dancing… Today there are none. Why do the ones we need the most to make us happy have to pass too soon? I don’t understand!!! With all the sadness, anger, division in this ol world right now. He was a bright light for all who was ever around him. We’ve lost, The worlds lost, his friends lost… And I lost today a great friend who made me smile and laugh even when I didn’t want to. Loved all of the dinners together, singing When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder on his album with Leslie and he even came out to my show in Chattanooga too! The only good thing about this is that he is with his precious Mother who he adored and she adored him. Rest easy with her Leslie… I know God is laughing his crown off!!! 💔💐 “
Additional tributes from artists such as Jelly Roll, Hillary Scott, ERNEST, Wendy Moten, and so many more continued to pour in on Monday afternoon as the news of his death spread.
According to TMZ, Leslie Jordan was driving in Hollywood, California on Monday (Oct. 24) when law enforcement officials say he crashed his car into the side of a building. It’s suspected that he suffered a medical emergency while driving. He was 67 years old.
Jordan was a celebrated actor, who appeared in shows such as Will & Grace, Call Me Kat, and American Horror Story. He was also a credited actor in movies such as The Help, Alligator Point, and Chasing Christmas.
His popularity rose to new heights over the pandemic when many of his social media posts went viral.
Leslie Jordan’s final social media post was shared on Instagram on Sunday, Oct. 23, just one day before his tragic passing.
In the post, he shared a performance of a new original Gospel hymn he had just written with famed songwriter Danny Myrick.
“Danny helped me with a new original song that should be comin’ out real soon,” he wrote.
The Chattanooga, Tennessee native had extensive ties to the country music community. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and is friends with artists such as Elle King, Jelly Roll, Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Tanya Tucker, Brittney Spencer, and more.
The actor and comedian made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, May 22, 2021 with a performance of a few hymns in addition to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “In The Sweet Bye and Bye.” Jordan was joined on stage by country icons Vince Gill, Charlie Worsham, and TJ Osborne.
See the touching tributes to Leslie Jordan below.
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Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.