Scrolling through Leslie Jordan’s Instagram account can make you smile, laugh, and now cry.
After the comedian’s death on Monday at the age of 67, many have taken to his verified account to share their grief.
It seems fitting considering Jordan’s prolific use of the social media platform.
During the pandemic, he brought joy to many with his trademark greeting: “Good, man. How are you?” He delivered in classic Southern drawing.
Instagram gave Jordan even more fame and gave his audience a platform to connect with the honest, funny and kind uncle they needed in a dark time.
Jordan told the Washington Post in 2020 that he returned from California to his hometown of Chattanooga on family business and decided to stay sheltered with his loved ones.
“I wish I was hunkered down with my family,” he said at the time. “My mother is 94 years old, I have an identical twin sister; It’s like a Tennessee Williams play. We are all here.”
The desire to be close to family, but not too close, resonated with many.
“I took a small place nearby, an Airbnb nearby, because I thought: ‘I can’t, at the age of 65, go back with my mother.’ So I come here in the evenings,” he said.
The “Call Me Kat” star told the Tulsa World that she posted twice a day for 80 days in 2021.
“A friend called from California and said, ‘You’ve gone viral,'” Jordan recalled. “And I said, ‘No, I’m fine.’ And he said: ‘No, you’re viral'”.
He would soon learn what that meant. Jordan grew an Instagram following of nearly 6 million people who enjoyed his jokes, observations and stories.
In a 2020 video, he sits at his kitchen table meditating and trying to get his head around him before giving up.
“Holy mia,” he joked. “I don’t want to be remembered. It’s like honey in a bad neighborhood, you don’t want to be there alone.”
Jordan seemed to enjoy his antics as much as his audience.
He told CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “You have to have fun, you have to keep your spirits up. You have to laugh. You have to support each other.”
Jordan’s final message before his death, posted on Sunday, gave some chills about what was to come.
There he sang the anthem with artist Danny Myrick.
“When the roll is called, I’ll be there,” they sang together.