Broadway star and actor Nick Cordero has died from COVID-19 at the age of 41, according to an Instagram post from his wife, on Sunday. Cordero earned a Tony nomination for his role in the Broadway show “Bullets Over Broadway” and also starred in “Waitress” and “Rock of Ages.” He also appeared in the TV series “Blue Bloods.”
“God has another angel in heaven now,” Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots wrote on Instagram. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
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. ❤️
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Cordero was hospitalized in late March with pneumonia, which doctors soon learned was caused by COVID-19. Due to complications, Cordero had his leg amputated and needed a tracheostomy. During the 95 days the actor was in the hospital, he spent several weeks in a medically induced coma. Kloots kept fans up to date on Cordero’s journey through her Instagram account. Last week, she shared that Cordero would likely need a double lung transplant.
COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, is primarily considered a respiratory illness. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing and a fever, but patients also report digestive issues, blood clots, heart issues, strokes and more that go beyond the lungs. The wide range of symptoms led researchers to consider COVID-19 as a blood vessel disorder.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been more than 2.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and nearly 130,000 deaths. After many states reopened in the last month, cases across the country have surged. Public health officials are urging the public to wear face masks, practice physical distancing and wash your hands often.
Fans, friends and colleagues reacted to Cordero’s death on social media and shared condolences.
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.
I am so grateful for the time we had. “We’ll catch up some other time.” pic.twitter.com/Oq2a8QsIyH
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 6, 2020
I didn’t know Nick Cordero personally but I’d been following his journey since he was hospitalized with covid 95 days ago. He fought so hard and today he lost his battle. What a tragic loss for his wife and baby.
— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) July 6, 2020
Anyone who has ever met Nick knows the genuine soul he was, and that soul lives on in our hearts. I am so privileged to have met him— to have received his advice. We were all so lucky to live on this planet with him. Until we meet again, Nick. ???? Love to Amanda and Elvis.
— rachel zegler (@rachelzegler) July 6, 2020
Incredibly sad news. Can we please do what we need to do as a country to fight this virus together? It doesn’t care how healthy you are. It doesn’t care if you want to go to Fire Island. It doesn’t care if you are tired of wearing a mask. Reign. It. In. https://t.co/sae9sLQYv1
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) July 6, 2020
Nick Cordero was 374 days older than me.
Stop being dismissive of the virus's risk.
Stop saying it's only a threat to the elderly and immuno-compromised.
Stop insinuating that those of us who are taking it seriously are doing so to score political points.
Just. F**king. Stop.
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) July 6, 2020
My heart is broken. I feel ill. Along with the entire Broadway community and the entire world, I mourn the loss of the incredible Nick Cordero and send my sincerest love and prayers to @amandakloots , Elvis & and entire family. RIP Nick. https://t.co/uBhjbrGfJE
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 6, 2020
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
I will miss you. You were a wonderful man. A wonderful husband. The happiest dad I knew. A good friend to me. My love & prayers go out to your family #NickCordero
— james m. iglehart (@jamesmiglehart) July 6, 2020
RIP Nick Cordero ????????????
Sending love to Amanda and Elvis
— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) July 6, 2020
Rest In Peace Nick Cordero. One of the Great Ones. pic.twitter.com/m1t65ew4mI
— Mario Cantone (@macantone) July 6, 2020
I’m so shocked to see the news today that Nick has passed. My heart and soul goes out to Nick Cordero’s beautiful wife and family. Rest In Peace, Nick
— Priscilla Presley (@Cilla_Presley) July 6, 2020
my ???? is broken over the loss of my friend Nick Cordero. As soon as I met him I knew God placed him in my life for a reason: He showed me such love, leadership through kindness, strength during difficult times, a true appreciation of life no matter what… https://t.co/0JzrKsKto1 pic.twitter.com/dLYxdmp4vz
— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) July 6, 2020
We are so sad to loose our friend and Bronx Tale family member. He fought this virus with all his might. Our love and prayers to Nick's wife Amanda and his son Elvis. #RIP dear #NickCordero and keep everyone dancing! https://t.co/7O94hLgBRn
— jane rosenthal (@janetribeca) July 6, 2020
Found this video I posted on my Instagram Story that night of #NickCordero singing Come Together with @MattWolpe after that nights @RockOfAgesHwood hopefully it maybe puts a smile on folks faces…so much joy pic.twitter.com/j9Z6n0vwpi
— Jeremy Wein (@thismyshow) July 6, 2020