Heartbreak washed over Broadway and beyond upon the recent death of actor Nick Cordero, who spent three turbulent months in the hospital after contracting COVID-19. The “Rock of Ages,” “Waitress” and “Bullets Over Broadway” star was 41.
Zach Braff, Viola Davis, Daniel Dae Kim, Florence Pugh, Billy Eichner, Sarah Paulson, Matthew A. Cherry, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ben Stiller, Mark Hamill and several other Hollywood stars have expressed their condolences for Cordero’s family. His wife, fitness instructor Amanda Kloots, shared the latest of many updates Sunday on Cordero’s coronavirus journey.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” Kloots, who shared a 1-year-old son with Cordero, 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. 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. [Our son] 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. ❤️
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Among the first to react to the news was Braff, who starred alongside Cordero in “Bullets Over Broadway.” Cordero scored a Tony nomination for his performance as Cheech, while Braff originated the stage role of David.
“I have honestly never known a kinder person,” Braff shared on Instagram, along with a sweet photo of Cordero and Kloots. “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.”
Other Broadway luminaries who paid tribute include Anika Noni Rose, Bernadette Peters, James Monroe Iglehart, Frankie Grande, Josh Gad and Darren Criss, as well as original “Hamilton” cast members Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
“Devastating,” Miranda tweeted, along with a fundraising page for Cordero’s family. “What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight.”
See more reactions to Cordero’s death below.
What a fighter but my god this is devastating news. Much love to Nick’s family and friends. Damn. RIP Nick.