Nick Cordero, a Canadian actor known for his work in Waitress, Rock of Ages, and a musical version of A Bronx Tale, dies after a long 95 days battle with Covid-19.
Nick Cordero is survived by his wife Amanda Kloots and his one-year-old son Elvis, he was 41. Amanda Kloots, a former Broadway dancer who is now a celebrity trainer, shared a heart whelming post on Instagram Sunday night.
“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.”
She wrote, “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, every day.”
Amanda Kloots posted updates on the ups and downs of her husband’s recovery for followers via social media. Kloots built a large devoted following, with nearly 400,000 Instagram followers worldwide. Fans and well-wishers all across the globe supported her by sending her daily encouragement posts and videos dancing to Cordero’s song “Live Your Life” every day at 3 pm afternoon that Kloots would post on her page hoping for his early recovery. There was a huge swarm of get well posts with #WakeUpNick, #OffTheVent, or #CodeRocky.
Cordero’s friend Braff showed his support urging everyone to support Cordero and his family, calling Amanda Kloots his superhuman wife. Braff told everyone Coredero was healthy with no pre-existing conditions before contracting the coronavirus, urging everyone to take the Covid-19 pandemic seriously. On his death, he wrote “I have honestly never known a kinder person, But COVID doesn’t care about the purity of your soul or the goodness in your heart. The last thing he ever texted me was to look out for his wife and one-year-old son, Elvis. I promise the world they will never want for anything. I feel so incredibly grateful I got to have Nick Cordero enter my life. Rest In Peace. Rest in Power.”
Nick was initially admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on 30th March after being diagnosed with pneumonia, where he later tested positive for Covid-19 since then he has been fighting a real arduous battle against coronavirus. Nick Cordero was born in Hamilton, Ontario Canada on September 17, 1978. Cordero attended Ryerson University but left partway to perform for the Love method band. After leaving Canada for New York, he originated the role of Toxie off-Broadway in “The Toxic Avenger.”He met his wife while working on Bullets Over Broadway in 2014 and the couple married three years later.
He made an impact with his roles in A Bronx Tale, Rock of Ages and Bullets Over Broadway, a role that got him Theatre World Award, a Tony nomination, and Outer Critics Circle Award. Cordero’s last performance was in a Kennedy Center presentation of “Little Shop of Horrors”. On television, he gained popularity with guest roles in “Queer as Folk” and “Lilyhammer,” and had recurring roles as Anthony Marino in “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Victor Lugo in “Blue Bloods”
Cordero suffered multiple complications during his treatment he had to be sedated in ICU for several days, suffered a series of mini-strokes, blood clots and even had to have his leg amputated after blood thinners used to help with clotting caused other problems in his right leg.
During this harsh time, Nick had been receiving a lot of support on social media. #WakeUpNick was running like wildfire on social media when he woke up from the coma. A fundraiser for their support raised more than $500,000 for the support of the family. Even though with the support and medical assistance Nick was showing signs of improvement, his lungs got severely damaged due to coronavirus. He also went into septic shock and had a temporary pacemaker put in. He had been awaiting a double lung transplant when he died.
The world continues to be upended by the coronavirus pandemic, with more and more people contracting COVID-19 as the days pass. The virus has sickened many Broadway and Hollywood celebrities like Olga Kurylenko, Danny Burstein, Idris Elba, Tony Shalhoub, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Gavin Creel, Aaron Tveit and Laura Bell Bundy, David Bryan and many like Lucia Bosè, Mark Blum, Andrew Jack, Adam Schlesinger, Patricia Bosworth, Hilary Heath, Allen Daviau, Matteo De Cosmo, Chris Trousdale, Terrence McNally and now Nick Cordero has lost his life.