Broadway actor Nick Cordero has died after complications with COVID-19. The actor, who received a Tony nomination for his role in Bullets Over Broadway and appeared in productions of Waitress, A Bronx Tale and Rock of Ages was 41.
Cordero, who appeared as Victor Lugo in the CBS drama Blue Bloods and appeared in the Zach Braff-directed Going in Style, died Sunday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he’d been treated for COVID-19 for 95 days. His wife, Amanda Kloots, who has provided an alternately hopeful and heartbreaking social media chronicle of his medical journey, confirmed his death on Instagram.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” Kloots wrote. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
Read her entire statement below.
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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.”
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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. ❤️
After he was diagnosed with what was thought to be pneumonia in late March, Cordero’s right leg was amputated as a result of COVID-19 complications and he underwent a tracheostomy. For weeks he was in an induced coma, and even after awakening was too weak to move, communicating “yes” or “no” only through eye movement.
Just last week, Kloots told CBS This Morning today that her husband would likely need a double lung transplant to fully recover, but conceded that “a lot of things would have to line up in order for Nick to be a candidate” for the transplants.
In telling Cordero’s story, Kloots built a large and devoted social media following, with nearly 400,000 Instagram followers across the country and world offering daily encouragement, often by singing and dancing to Cordero’s music at 3 pm each afternoon and sending videos that Kloots would post on her page.
“Well, luckily, I have amazing support right now,” Kloots told CBS This Morning last week. “I’m living with my family and, you know, I came home the other day really feeling, you know, just kind of exhausted and sad. And I let it out. I screamed and I cried in front of my parents. … You have to have those days. You have to break down. That’s only natural. You know, I am a strong person, but even strong people break. And that’s okay. You have to break down so that you can build yourself up again.”
Cordero was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on September 17, 1978. He attended Ryerson University in Toronto before performing in the rock band Lovemethod.
Before landing roles in the aforementioned Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress and the musical version of A Bronx Tale, Cordero played Tony in a production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. He also stepped into the starring role in the Off Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger based on the superhero. His also starred as Orin Scrivello in a production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Cordero is survived by his wife and their one-year-old son Elvis Eduardo.
Greg Evans contributed to this report