Stars Will and Grace paid tribute to their partner Leslie Jordan the following his death at the age of 67.

The beloved actor and comedian, who played Karen Walker’s nemesis Beverly Leslie in the hit US sitcom, died after his car crashed into a building in Hollywood on Monday.

Megan Mullallywho plays Karen Walker, described the star as “one of the greats” when she shared a photo of them together on set in an emotional Instagram post.

“Leslie was impeccably funny, a virtuoso,” she wrote. “His timing, his delivery, everything seems easy. you can’t get better than that.”

Deborah Messingwho plays Grace, said “the whole world went dark.”

“The joy and excitement you have brought into my life has been a wonderful gift. I wish I had the words,” she wrote.

Eric McCormackwho plays Will, said that Leslie was “the funniest and flirtatious Southern gentleman I’ve ever known,” and Sean Hayes (Jack) said he was “heartbroken”.

Many other big names from the world of entertainment have also paid tribute to Leslie on social media…

Following the news of Leslie’s death, his representative released a statement saying: “The world is certainly a much darker place today without the love and light of Leslie Jordan. Not only was he a mega-talent and a pleasure to work with, but he was an emotional refuge for the nation during one of its most trying times.

“Knowing that he left the world at the peak of both his professional and personal life is the only consolation that can be had today.”

The Tennessee native, famous for his Southern accent, won an Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy in 2005 for his portrayal of Beverly Leslie on Will & Grace.

He also entered the village The elder brother of the celebrity house as a contestant in 2014.

Most recently, he starred in American Horror Story, Mayim Bialik’s comedy Call Me Kat, and starred in the sitcom Cool Kids.

Leslie also earned an unexpected new following in 2021 when he spent time with his family in his hometown during the pandemic lockdown, posting daily videos of himself on Instagram.