A shining light on Broadway went out this weekend with the announcement of 41-year-old theater performer Nick Cordero’s death following a long battle with the coronavirus. His widow, fitness personality Amanda Kloots, broke the sad news on Instagram.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” she wrote on Sunday. “My darling husband passed away this morning.”
“Surrounded in love by his family”
Kloots added that Cordero “was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
She described being “in disbelief and hurting everywhere” in the wake of his death and referenced the couple’s infant son, saying she “cannot imagine our lives without him.” An online fundraiser for the mother and son has reached nearly $1 million.
The grieving widow described her late husband as “everyone’s friend” and “such a bright light” in the lives he touched.
“He was an incredible actor and musician,” she wrote. “He loved his family and loved being a father and husband.”
Kloots went on to praise Dr. David Ng, calling him a “positive doctor” who proved to be “smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen” throughout Cordero’s lengthy illness.
“They will never want for anything”
She also thanked her husband’s many fans and well-wishers for the “love, support and help we’ve received these last 95 days.”
Cordero was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March and had to have a leg amputated the following month, according to the Washington Examiner. Kloots has provided updates via social media throughout her husband’s ensuing battle.
Friends and fans shared tributes — including actor Zach Braff, who offered a final memory of his close friend.
“The last thing he ever texted me was to look out for his wife and one year old son, Elvis,” Braff wrote. “I promise the world they will never want for anything. I feel so incredibly grateful I got to have Nick Cordero enter my life.”
Even those who did not follow his Broadway career have sent prayers and thoughts to Cordero and his loved ones over the past several months. With this week’s heartbreaking news, that outpouring of love and concern has only grown.