The Broadway musical community has lost rising star Nick Cordero, aged 41, after a three-month battle with the coronavirus.
The tragic news was announced by his wife, Amanda Kloots on social media stating, “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.”
Kloots praised Cordero’s doctor, David Ng, calling him kind, smart, compassionate, and assertive. She also thanked the public for the support received over the past three months.
She recounted his last moments. “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.”
In March, Cordero was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Despite being tested for the coronavirus, the results initially came back negative. After a third test, COVID-19 was finally confirmed. His condition worsened, and he entered the intensive care where he was placed on a ventilator.
Kloots remained active on social media, and updated the public in April with the news that he had lost his leg.
“They had him on blood thinners for the clotting, unfortunately the blood thinners were causing other issues,” she said. “The right leg will be amputated today.”
Doctors brought him out of sedation, and the hashtag campaign #WakeUpNick sprung up on social media to support Cordero as he regained consciousness in May.
“Even closing his eyes, takes it out of him,” Kloots said. “They’re waiting for him to regain strength, of course, time and recovery will help with that and then eventually PT will help him get stronger.”
Due to coronavirus safety guidelines at the hospital, Kloots was unable to be at Cordero’s side at the time of his death.
Hailing from Hamilton Ontario, Nick Cordero studied acting at Ryerson University before moving to New York City to star in Waitress, A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for best-featured actor.
His TV debut was in the final episode of Lilyhammer with Soprano’s actor and Bruce Springsteen E-Street Band member Stevie Van Zandt.
Cordero continued to develop his career in Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the 2017 film Going in Style with Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Cain, before relocating to Los Angeles, where he starred in the musical “Rock of Ages” in 2019.
Cordero is survived by his wife, a fitness trainer, Amanda Kloots and their 1-year-old son, Elvis.