Broadway’s Nick Cordero has died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 41. He leaves behind his wife, Amanda Kloots, and their one-year-old son, Elvis.
Cordero was born in Canada and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. He ended up in New York and made his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages in 2012. He also originated the role of Earl in Waitress, Sonny in A Bronx Tale, and Cheech in Bullets Over Broadway, which earned him a Tony nomination in 2014.
Cordero was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on March 30 with what doctors initially thought was pneumonia — but later, he tested positive for COVID-19. Doctors decided to put him on a ventilator after complications with his lungs. He told his wife, Amanda Kloots, “I love you, they have decided to put me on a ventilator and breathing tube and I’m gonna go unconscious and I don’t know when I’ll wake up, and I know when I’ll be able to talk to you again.”
Cordero suffered sepsis infections, mini strokes, and blood clots which would lead to the amputation of his right leg, and after 95 days in the hospital, he passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” 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.”
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.”
On Monday, July 6, Kloots followed up with a moving video that her sister had made for her, entitled The Silver Linings. Kloots explained that the video captured “these last 95 days,” including “the love, the exhaustion, the bonds, the smiles, the song, the exercise, the hard work, the care, support, and most of all love.” Hopefully, the video offers some peace to Kloots as well as the many Broadway artists who are reeling from this loss.
“Heartbroken doesn’t even cover it,” said Jessie Meuller, whom Cordero had starred alongside in the hit Broadway musical Waitress. Meuller is “sending so much love to Amanda, Elvis and their families.”
Zach Braff, Cordero’s Bullets Over Broadway co-star, said, “I’m so grateful for the time we had. We’ll catch up some other time.”
In his time with Bullets Over Broadway, Cordero met his wife, Amanda Kloots, and they were married in 2017. Kloots had been giving steady updates on Nick via Instagram. She even started the hashtag #WakeUpNick which went viral as people danced their hearts out to support his battle, and to everyone’s delight, Nick did in fact wake up from his coma. However, “even closing his eyes takes it out of him,” said Kloots.
Cordero made an impact not only in the Broadway community but in TV and film through his appearances on Blue Bloods and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Through Amanda’s updates, celebrities like Hilary Duff, Silvester Stalone, and Lin Manuel-Miranda have been following along and showing their support for the family.
Waitress co-star Drew Gehling said, “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 a few.”
“A great man. A great talent. A great friend. A great warrior. A beloved husband and father. A legend to our Rock of Ages family,” said friend and former Rock of Ages co-star Constantine Maroulis.
“A force on stage and a delight off.” — Josh Radnor
“I was fortunate enough to spend some moments with Nick Cordero and he was always a man of style and grace… Let’s all remember him and his legacy and celebrate his life whenever we speak his name.” — Andy Karl
“Always charming, always funny, always real.” — Paul Wontorek
“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 Amanda Kloots, baby Elvis, & entire family.” — Josh Gad
You can help Nick’s family with the medical bills by donating to their GoFundMe.