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Dolly Parton Pays Touching Tribute To ‘Lil’ Brother’ Leslie Jordan After He Dies In Car Crash

Dolly Parton is speaking out to honor Leslie Jordan, who tragically died yesterday in a car crash in Hollywood.

Yesterday, we reported that the iconic comedian Leslie Jordan had died suddenly in a car crash at the age of 67. Now, the country music legend Dolly Parton is paying tribute to Jordan, who she lovingly described as her “lil’ brother.”

Parton Pays Tribute To Jordan

“Well I am as hurt and shocked as if I have lost a family member,” Parton, 76, said in a statement posted to social media. “Leslie and I had a special bond, I think the world felt they had a special bond with him.”

“I know people always say ‘Oh, they will be missed’ but in this case that could not be more true,” she added. “He will be missed by everyone who knew him personally and by everyone who was entertained by him. Rest in peace lil’ brother.”

Parton closed out her statement with her signature and a butterfly image. 

Backstory: Leslie Jordan Dead At 67 In Car Crash After ‘Suffering A Medical Emergency’

Parton And Jordan Collaborated

Daily Mail reported that Parton and Jordan worked together last year when she was featured on his country music album “Company’s Comin’,” which came out in January of 2021 and featured him performing traditional hymns with various country music stars. Listen to Parton and Jordan performing “Where The Soul Never Dies” for the album in the video below.

While promoting his album in 2021, Jordan described working with Parton as a “lifelong dream,” adding that she is “just as real” as fans think she is.

“She’s just Dolly,” he told “Good Morning America.” “She’s just an icon and she’s smart, which is what I figured out really fast. Don’t think there’s some dumb blonde there. No, no, she’s smart as a whip.”

Jordan doubled down on this in another interview, saying, “I’ll tell you what I tell everybody: You don’t have to meet Dolly. You know Dolly. Dolly is exactly what you think she is … I just wanna live my life like her. There’s nobody that doesn’t like Dolly!”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Jordan Was A Huge Fan Of Parton’s

Jordan had been a fan of Parton’s going all the way back to when he saw her performing a show in 1973 when he was only 18 years-old. 

“I drove from Chattanooga, Tennessee, all the way up to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Sevierville — that area,” he once recalled. “The rumor was Dolly was coming back to perform in the high school auditorium.”

Years later, when he finally got to meet Parton as a star himself, he told her this story. 

“She said, ‘What year was that?’ and I said, ‘’73 … Dolly, I can also tell you what your opening line was.’ She goes, ‘No you can’t, because I think you’re making this up.'”

“I said, ‘Dolly, I was there. It was 1973. You walked onstage and said, ‘What’s a country girl without her haystack?!’ Because her hair was like this,” Jordan says, “She goes, ‘You were there!’”

Watch Jordan gush over Parton in the video below. 

Related: Dolly Parton And Reba McEntire Pay Touching Tribute To Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn After She Passed Away At 90

Jordan’s Death

Jordan died on Monday morning when he crashed his car into a wall in Hollywood after suffering some kind of medical emergency that has not been disclosed to the public at this time, according to Variety.

Jordan was an Emmy Award-winning comedic actor who was known for his hilarious work on shows like “Will & Grace” and “Call Me Kat.” He also became a social media star during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing joy to millions with his hilarious quarantine videos. 

While we’re saddened by the loss of Jordan, we’re glad that he got the chance to realize his lifelong dream of working with Parton before his passing. May he rest in peace. 

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