Tony-award nominated Broadway actor Nick Cordero died this Sunday from medical complications after contracting the coronavirus. Cordero has starred in hit musicals such as Waitress, Bullets over Broadway and A Bronx Tale.
The actor died at the age of 41 after spending more than 90 days at the Cedars-Sinai hospital. His wife, Amanda Kloots took to instagram to post a statement regarding his death. “My darling husband passed away this morning,” Kloots said. “He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.” She went on to say, “I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him.”
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God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth. ⠀ I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday. ⠀ To Nicks extraordinary doctor, Dr. David Ng, you were my positive doctor! There are not many doctors like you. Kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion. You’re a diamond in the rough. ⠀ ⠀ I cannot begin to thank everyone enough for the outpour of love , support and help we’ve received these last 95 days. You have no idea how much you lifted my spirits at 3pm everyday as the world sang Nicks song, Live Your Life. We sang it to him today, holding his hands. As I sang the last line to him, “they’ll give you hell but don’t you light them kill your light not without a fight. Live your life,” I smiled because he definitely put up a fight. I will love you forever and always my sweet man. ❤️
Kloots, a former Broadway dancer herself, has been using Instagram to update fans and concerned parties on her husband’s condition. She posted every improvement to Cordero’s condition as well as every complication he experienced. This includes the amputation of his right leg and the possible need of a double lung transplant.
Kloots sent her husband daily videos of her and their one-year-old son, Elvis. She urged friends and fans to join a daily sing-a-long. She explained that it was difficult to gauge if Cordero understood what was happening, but when he was alert he could respond by looking up and down. A GoFundMe page, started to pay for the actor’s medical expenses, has raised over $600,000 so far.
Many prominent Broadway stars took to social media to express their sorrow regarding Cordero’s death. Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda shared his condolences on Twitter, calling the loss “devastating.”
Devastating. What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight. https://t.co/T3xfcAtw0E
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 6, 2020
Zach Braff, who was very close to the actor, expressed his sorrow on Twitter as well, as did Viola Davis.
RIP Nick Cordero! My condolences to you Amanda who fought and loved so hard….so sorry for his little one. My heart is with you. May flights of angels…..❤❤❤🙏🏿🙏🏿 https://t.co/nRE3AmS0A2
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) July 6, 2020
Musical Director Michael J Moritz wrote: “I am so incredibly sad to lose such a wonderful friend and musical partner. Amanda will need all the support and love we can offer.” Jessie Mueller, Codereo’s co-star from Waitress, tweeted “heartbroken doesn’t even cover it.”
Fans and actors alike have taken to social media to express their condolences for the actor’s family.