Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Dies At 41 After Months-Long Battle With COVID-19
After his passing, friend and fellow actor Zach Braff implored people, "Don’t believe that Covid only claims the elderly and infirm."
Broadway actor Nick Cordero passed away on Sunday after a months-long battle with COVID-19. He was 41. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Kloots, and their 1-year-old son.
Kloots posted on social media Sunday to announce that he had passed away after struggling with the virus for 95 days.
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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. ❤️
“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. [Our son] Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday,” said Kloots, who also thanked Cordero’s doctor as well as supporters.
Cordero, who was born in Hamilton, Ontario, was a celebrated Broadway actor. In 2014 he was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his role in "Bullets Over Broadway." He also appeared in other notable shows including “Waitress,” and “Rock of Ages,” and in several television series, including "Blue Bloods" and "Lilyhammer." Cordero married Kloots in 2017, and the couple had a son in 2019, named Elvis.
Cordero was first hospitalized in March, and Kloots has shared updates regarding his intense battle with COVID-19 over the past few months. The couple was initially told that he had pneumonia, but Kloots posted early on that they believed he was misdiagnosed. While Cordero was sedated in an ICU in LA, Kloots shared that he had to be put on a ventilator and, in mid-April had to have his right leg amputated after facing blood clotting issues. After spending weeks unconscious, even as doctors brought him out of sedation, friends and fans expressed support for his recovery and the family with the hashtag #wakeupnick.
By July, Cordero was no longer in a coma, but his battle with the virus had left him weak, and unable to move or open his eyes, as Kloots described to "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King. Kloots also said that he would likely need a double lung transplant. Cordero passed away in a Los Angeles hospital three days later.
Fellow actors and Broadway stars, including Lin Manuel Miranda and Zach Braff, have expressed their condolences online:
RIP Nick Cordero 💔💔💔— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) July 6, 2020
Sending love to Amanda and Elvis
Nick Cordero passed at 11:40am today with his mother and wife by his side. I can honesty tell you I have never met a kinder human being. Don’t believe that Covid only claims the elderly and infirm.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 6, 2020
I am so grateful for the time we had. “We’ll catch up some other time.” pic.twitter.com/Oq2a8QsIyH
Many also encouraged donating to a GoFundMe page set up in April to support Cordero and his family.