Nick Cordero ‘surrounded in love by his family’ as he died, says wife Amanda Kloots

Nick Cordero
Broadway actor Nick Cordero died Sunday after a long battle with COVID-19.
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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.”

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, Caissie Levy, 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 and “Waitress” stars Sara Bareilles, Kimiko Glenn and Jenna Ushkowitz.

“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.”


“He was light. Kind and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh,” Bareilles wrote on Instagram. “Sending so much love to the love warrior [Amanda Kloots] and little Elvis, and an immense hug to any one who is feeling the loss of this giant heart. Rest In Peace dear Nick. We love you.”

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