The theater world was hit with tragic news on Sunday morning when it was revealed that Broadway performer Nick Cordero had died after a three-month battle with COVID-19, the Washington Examiner reported. He was 41.
The Canadian-born star of such productions as Rock of Ages and Bullets Over Broadway is survived by his widow, fitness personality Amanda Kloots, and their infant son, Elvis, according to the Examiner.
“Another angel in heaven”
It was Kloots who broke the sad news in an Instagram post published shortly after Cordero’s death.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” she wrote, according to the Examiner. “My darling husband passed away this morning.”
Kloots said her actor husband “was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth,” but said she remains “in disbelief and hurting everywhere,” as the Examiner reported.
“My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him,” she wrote, characterizing her late husband as “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,” Kloots concluded. Take a look at her full post, as shared by the Examiner:
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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. ❤️
A long battle
Writing Sunday, Kloots also offered warm words of praise for Cordero’s physician, Dr. David Ng, whom she called “[k]ind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion.”
According to the Examiner, Cordero first contracted the coronavirus in March and had to be put on a ventilator. The Examiner reported on April 19 that one of the actor’s legs needed to be amputated due to blood clots.
“They had him on blood thinners for the clotting; unfortunately, the blood thinners were causing other issues,” Kloots said at the time, according to the Examiner. “The right leg will be amputated.”
Cordero is one of more than 130,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus since the outbreak began, according to The New York Times. Some 2.9 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed nationwide.