Broadway Remembers Nick Cordero on Social Media

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Actors and musicians are remembering Nick Cordero, the Tony-nominated Broadway actor who passed away from COVID-19 complications at 41 on July 5.

After starring on stage in Rock of Ages, Bullets over Broadway, Waitress, and A Bronx Tale: The Musical, the Canadian native was known in the theater community for his leading tough guy roles.

When he contracted the coronavirus in March, he was in good health. But his 95 day stay in the hospital was met with ups and downs, which his wife Amanda Kloots documented on social media. Initially diagnosed with pneumonia, Cordero had gone into a medically induced coma, woken up, and received a leg amputation as a result of the ways in which the virus attacked his system while hospitalized. About a week before he passed, Kloots wrote on Instagram that her husband was unable to move but could communicate with his eyes. A year ago, Kloots gave birth to their son, Elvis.

On July 5, Kloots confirmed Cordero’s death on Instagram, writing, “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. ❤️

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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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Zach Braff, one of Cordero’s best friends, mourned the death of the performer on Twitter, writing, “I can honestly tell you I have never met a kinder human being. Don’t believe that Covid only claims the elderly and infirm.”

Across social media, Broadway performers, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kathryn Gallagher, Philippa Soo, and James M. Iglehart, joined the chorus of celebrities sharing their condolences and remembrances of Cordero.

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Tonight my heart is breaking. Nick Cordero a loved son, artist, friend, husband and father has joined the angels. I have watched with so many as his wife and son and family have been brave, positive and strong as he fought for his life. @amandakloots put together an army of people to pray for him and dance to his music. And in doing so everyday somehow she taught us all how to be brave and positive in this time. It’s not fair that she and baby Elvis will have to live without him. And it’s not fair that he will now only shine his light on them from above. Please donate to the go fund me page if you can and if you can’t please join me and all who prayed for Nick. Let’s tomm at 3pm dance and pray for Amanda and Elvis. Please join us in helping this family find strength and healing. Surround them with love and prayers. @amandakloots you are my hero. Wrapping you in my love❤️#ripnickcordero

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Tonight my heart is breaking. Nick Cordero a loved son, artist, friend, husband and father has joined the angels. I have watched with so many as his wife and son and family have been brave, positive and strong as he fought for his life. @amandakloots put together an army of people to pray for him and dance to his music. And in doing so everyday somehow she taught us all how to be brave and positive in this time. It’s not fair that she and baby Elvis will have to live without him. And it’s not fair that he will now only shine his light on them from above. Please donate to the go fund me page if you can and if you can’t please join me and all who prayed for Nick. Let’s tomm at 3pm dance and pray for Amanda and Elvis. Please join us in helping this family find strength and healing. Surround them with love and prayers. @amandakloots you are my hero. Wrapping you in my love❤️#ripnickcordero

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We lost one of the great ones today. My friend Nick Cordero passed this morning, holding hands with all his loved ones. Him and his wife @amandakloots have been fighting extremely hard for 90 days. He caught COVID 19 in March and has been hospitalised ever since despite having no pre-existing health conditions. This was him April ‘19! In his element. On stage whilst commanding the entire audience so intensely, you could have heard a pin drop. The ONLY person who can ease so effortlessly from ‘What A Wonderful World’ to Coldplay’s ‘Politik’, all the while singing directly across the room to Amanda. She knew all the words and started head banging the moment she heard Coldplay. Every night. For three nights. 7 months pregnant!!! It is so shocking and devastating to see one of your own come down as hard as he did. Over the last few months I’ve wanted to ask myself every day- what can I do to help? But, instead I’ll ask all of you. What can WE do to help? We still can. Help the world by continuing to take this virus seriously. Wear your mask, respect others’ space, clean your hands and please be safe. This is far from over. Nick, we love you to infinity and beyond. Rest In Peace you beautiful, beautiful man.

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