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Tony-nominated Broadway actor Nick Cordero 'fighting for his life' in ICU with coronavirus

Curtis Tate, USA TODAY
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Tony-nominated Broadway actor Nick Cordero is "fighting for his life" in intensive care after testing positive for coronavirus, his wife, celebrity fitness trainer Amanda Kloots, posted on Instagram.

"My whole world has stopped," Kloots wrote. "Please pray for my husband."

Late Saturday night, Kloots shared the scary details in an Instagram Story: Cordero, 41, had a new infection in his lung that caused his fever to spike, his blood pressure to drop and his heart to beat irregularly.

“He lost consciousness, he lost his pulse and they had to resuscitate him. ... They had a very hard time getting him back,” she said. Then “I got a phone call at 2:30 in the morning, they needed my consent to put him on dialysis to assist with his kidneys.”

Amanda Kloots and Nick Cordero, with their son, Elvis, attend the Beyond Yoga x Amanda Kloots Collaboration Launch Event on Aug. 27, 2019, in New York.
Amanda Kloots and Nick Cordero, with their son, Elvis, attend the Beyond Yoga x Amanda Kloots Collaboration Launch Event on Aug. 27, 2019, in New York.

“This afternoon, we got a phone call that things were really moving in the right direction and that his life was being saved, which was huge. And we all kind of celebrated for a minute until ... they had to go into immediate surgery to save the blood flow to his leg.”

“He is struggling. Just every minute counts right now,” said Kloots, visibly choking up. “Please keep praying.”

On Sunday, Kloots posted an update, asking people to pray that the blood flow normally to Cordero’s right leg, and that he would wake up from sedation.

Later Sunday, Kloots posted on Instagram that she had just FaceTimed with Cordero.

“I played him (Elvis Presley’s ‘Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do’) and sang at the same time. The nurse leaned over while it was playing and said ‘His blood pressure just got better!’”

Shortly after 6 p.m., Kloots reposted videos from Cordero’s “Waitress” co-star Keala Settle, “American Idol’s” Diana DeGarmo and more playing the song in his honor.

Kloots also revealed that she has been documenting life with their infant son for Cordero.

“Every day I film a home video for Nick. I send it to his phone so that when he wakes up he can watch them and feel like he’s been with Elvis and I every day,” she wrote.

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Canadian-born Cordero had been admitted to the hospital for what was initially thought to be pneumonia, Kloots wrote on Instagram on April 1. An initial coronavirus test came up negative.

She wrote at the time that Cordero had been placed in a medically induced coma to aid his breathing.

"I miss him terribly. I’m not allowed there to visit of course and can do nothing to help him. Nick is scared too, this has gone from bad to worse. He isn’t allowed to eat or drink, he is very weak and having a hard time breathing."

A subsequent test ultimately turned up positive for COVID-19.

"He is fighting for his life right now," Kloots wrote.

Cordero received a Tony nomination in 2014 for his role as Cheech in "Bullets Over Broadway."

Contributing: Kim Willis, USA TODAY; Ilana Keller, Asbury Park Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus: Nick Cordero, Tony-nominated Broadway actor, is in ICU