Broadway Star Nick Cordero Dies at 41 Due to COVID-19

His wife, Amanda Kloots, announced his passing Sunday morning.

Tony-nominated actor Nick Cordero has died after a months-long battle with COVID-19, according to his wife, Amanda Kloots. He was 41. 

“God has another angel in heaven now,” Kloots wrote on her Instagram account Sunday morning. “He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.” 

Cordero, known for his roles as Earl in Waitress and Sonny in A Bronx Tale the Musical, died on July 5 at a hospital in Los Angeles. The Broadway star was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in late March for what was initially diagnosed as pneumonia, but had later been confirmed as the coronavirus. 

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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. ❤️

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Cordero was born in Hamilton, Ontario on Sept. 17, 1978. The Canadian actor made his Broadway debut in 2012, performing as the roles of Dennis and Record Company Man in the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages

In 2014, Cordero received a nomination for a Tony Award for his role as Cheech in Bullets Over Broadway. He met Kloots, a fitness trainer and former Radio City Rockette, who was a dancer in the musical. They married in 2017. 

Nick Cordero, left, during the opening night of “Bullets Over Broadway” at New York’s St. James Theatre in 2014. [Brad Barket/INVISION/AP]

Cordero reportedly had no pre-existing health conditions, but suffered from COVID-19 complications and was sedated for 18 days in the ICU. He eventually underwent a leg amputation in April due to blood clots. 

Kloots has been regularly updating her husband’s condition on social media, and the hashtag #WakeUpNick went viral as fans showed their support for Cordero’s recovery. 

In May, Kloots announced that her husband was awake after weeks of being unconscious, and was gradually making progress despite being very weak at the time. 

“Even closing his eyes takes it out of him,” she 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.” 

Earlier this month, though, Kloots mentioned that Cordero may require a double lung transplant after suffering from a lung infection that left “holes in his lungs where obviously you don’t want holes to be.” 

“To look almost like he’s been a smoker for 50 years they said,” she said in late April. “They are that damaged.” 

Cordero had been hospitalized for over 90 days due to the coronavirus. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Kloots, and their 1-year-old son, Elvis.

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