Broadway Stars Are Remembering Nick Cordero, Who Died After a 3-Month Fight With Coronavir
Cordero was only 41 years old.
On Sunday, July 5th, Broadway star Nick Cordero died at age 41 after battling coronavirus (COVID-19) for more than three months. Cordero had entered intensive care at the end of March with a pneumonia diagnosis and later tested positive for COVID-19 after two initial negative tests. Cordero’s wife, Amanda Kloots, kept fans and followers updated on Cordero’s health since his hospitalization, and she announced yesterday that he had passed.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” Kloots began in the caption of a July 5th Instagram post. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
She continued, “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.”
Kloots thanked Cordero’s doctor, Dr. David Ng at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as all the friends, family, and fans who have rallied around her, Cordero, and their baby son Elvis within the 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.”
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. ❤️
A post shared by AK! ⭐️ (@amandakloots) on Jul 5, 2020 at 6:05pm PDT
Now, Cordero’s fellow Broadway stars are reaching out and sending their condolences to his family.
Sara Bareilles, who starred alongside Cordero in Waitress (and who, herself, contracted coronavirus), posted to Instagram, “He was light. Kind and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh.”
She added, “Sending so much love to the love warrior @amandakloots and little Elvis, and an immense hug to any one who is feeling the loss of this giant heart. Rest In Peace dear Nick. We love you.”
He was light. Kind and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh. Sending so much love to the love warrior @amandakloots and little Elvis, and an immense hug to any one who is feeling the loss of this giant heart. Rest In Peace dear Nick. We love you. ❤️#sugarbutterfamily
A post shared by Sara Bareilles (@sarabareilles) on Jul 5, 2020 at 7:24pm PDT
Waitress costar Jenna Ushkowitz posted to Twitter “Devastated,” after hearing of Cordero’s passing on July 5th.
She, Bareilles, and their Waitress castmates—including Jessie Mueller, Eric Anderson, Kimiko Glenn, Drew Gehling, Keala Settle, Fran Curry, Charity Angel Dawson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Becky Fleming, and Thomas Gates—gathered virtually in April to perform a cover of Cordero’s “Live Your Life,” which, as Kloots referenced, became the anthem for those sending prayers and well wishes to Cordero during his fight.
— Jenna Ushkowitz (@JennaUshkowitz) July 6, 2020
Kimiko Glenn posted, “I am so lucky to have known you. I remember how much your spontaneous energy made me laugh, how the day Prince died you came into our dressing room in silence and I felt your big beautiful heart breaking. Now my heart breaks for you and your family.”
Glenn also reminded those reading that Cordero’s untimely passing should scare us into continuing to adhere to coronavirus-related guidelines. “As the world gets tired of mask-wearing and social distancing measures, I urge you to remember his story,” she wrote.
I am so lucky to have known you. I remember how much your spontaneous energy made me laugh, how the day Prince died you came into our dressing room in silence and I felt your big beautiful heart breaking. Now my heart breaks for you and your family. Nick passed this morning after a long fight with coronavirus. He was 41, and had no pre-existing conditions. He was young, strong and healthy. As the world gets tired of mask-wearing and social distancing measures, I urge you to remember his story. He spent a month and a half in a coma, lost his leg due to clotting, and was too weak to talk for 95 days. He was the last person I would expect to suffer in such a way. He was a gentle giant and an absolute legend. Please send all your strength to his family, his incredible wife @amandakloots & their 1-year old boy, Elvis. His spirit will live on through you, little man. Rest In Peace, Nick. You will always be remembered.
A post shared by Kimiko Glenn (@kimikoglenn) on Jul 5, 2020 at 8:23pm PDT
Drew Gehling also posted a tribute, writing, “Nick made work fun every day...’ll miss you always my friend. I’m lucky to have known you. I’m certainly better for it.”
Nick made work fun every day. I wrote an email to @amandakloots the day he was admitted to the hospital while it was pouring rain. I’ll never forget it. I finished the last line and looked up to see a giant rainbow above the Hudson. I’ll miss you always my friend. I’m lucky to have known you. I’m certainly better for it. Your son Elvis has a world of people with stories to tell and I can’t wait to pass on a few.
A post shared by Drew Gehling (@drewgehling) on Jul 5, 2020 at 7:06pm PDT
Other Broadway greats, including Bernadette Peters, Viola Davis, and Josh Gad, sent their condolences over social media.
RIP Nick Cordero 💔💔💔
Sending love to Amanda and Elvis
— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) 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
Nick Cordero was one of us. This is really hard to understand. Fly, my good man. Sending love to Amanda and Elvis with all that I’ve got today. #RipNickCodero
— Donald Webber Jr. (@donaldwebber) 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
Oh no, this is so sad. I really loved Nick Cordero in Toxic Avenger The Musical. He was able to play a notably silly part so well that it grabbed me & stuck with me for over a decade. Please - COVID-19 is real and it can tear your body apart. Wear a mask. https://t.co/FGgft6ipx5
— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) July 6, 2020
Sending thoughts of love and support to @amandakloots and the family of #NickCordero. With the #Broadway community already struggling with the economic effects of #coronavirus, this is even more heartbreaking. Rest In Peace.🙏🏼 https://t.co/oxUgcb1gj0
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) July 6, 2020
Nick Cordero fought as hard as he could for 90 days. Wear a mask. Fuck Covid. pic.twitter.com/E83Ln0EXdK
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) 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
There is currently a GoFundMe page up for Cordero’s family that has already exceeded its $400,000 goal. We’re sending our condolences to Kloots and Cordero’s extended family. Please continue to wear your masks and practice social distancing.
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