Nick Cordero ‘surrounded in love by his family’ as he died, says wife Amanda Kloots
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. ❤️
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.”
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Nick Cordero passed at 11:40am today with his wife and mother by his side. I have honestly never known a kinder person. 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.”
See more reactions to Cordero’s death below.
Devastating. What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight. https://t.co/T3xfcAtw0E— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 6, 2020
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He was light. Kind and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh. Sending so much love to the love warrior @amandakloots 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. ❤️#sugarbutterfamily
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I am so lucky to have known you. I remember how much your spontaneous energy made me laugh, how the day Prince died you came into our dressing room in silence and I felt your big beautiful heart breaking. Now my heart breaks for you and your family. Nick passed this morning after a long fight with coronavirus. He was 41, and had no pre-existing conditions. He was young, strong and healthy. As the world gets tired of mask-wearing and social distancing measures, I urge you to remember his story. He spent a month and a half in a coma, lost his leg due to clotting, and was too weak to talk for 95 days. He was the last person I would expect to suffer in such a way. He was a gentle giant and an absolute legend. Please send all your strength to his family, his incredible wife @amandakloots & their 1-year old boy, Elvis. His spirit will live on through you, little man. Rest In Peace, Nick. You will always be remembered.
I just doesn't understand why we are still having to yell at others to wear a goddamn mask. We are mourning a friend and a light in this world who shouldn't be lost to this virus and didn't deserve this. What can you do? WEAR A MASK. HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR OTHERS AND YOURSELF. https://t.co/hNzd21i54L— Jenna Ushkowitz (@JennaUshkowitz) July 6, 2020
What a fighter but my god this is devastating news. Much love to Nick’s family and friends. Damn. RIP Nick. 💔💔💔 https://t.co/HfX2QHGtA7— billy eichner (@billyeichner) July 6, 2020
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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.
Sending love and deep condolences to the family of Nick Cordero. https://t.co/YliSarT4QL— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) July 6, 2020
RIP Nick Cordero. You were a light to all who knew you. ❤️— Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) July 6, 2020
Horror. Love to the Cordero family. Please wear a mask. It has the power to prevent unspeakable suffering and sorrow. Rest In Peace Nick Cordero. https://t.co/GvGAuRaTGV— Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) July 6, 2020
I'm lucky enough to have never missed a Nick Cordero bway role. I got to see him as Dennis, Cheech, Earl, and Sonny, and I always loved seeing him on stage. For such gruff parts, he was in reality a sweet man, well-loved by his colleagues & certainly by his fam. Sad to hear. RIP.— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) July 6, 2020
Devastated. Please please please let us all take this pandemic seriously. Please wear your mask, please wash your hands, please stay home if you can. My deepest condolences to Amanda and their entire family. https://t.co/hKhFhMUciK— George Salazar (@georgesalazar) July 6, 2020
RIP Nick Cordero 💔💔💔— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) July 6, 2020
Sending love to Amanda and Elvis
my 💔 is broken over the loss of my friend Nick Cordero. As soon as I met him I knew God placed him in my life for a reason: He showed me such love, leadership through kindness, strength during difficult times, a true appreciation of life no matter what... https://t.co/0JzrKsKto1 pic.twitter.com/dLYxdmp4vz— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) July 6, 2020
My heart goes out to Amanda, Elvis, and Nick’s family. Please donate if you can. A terrible loss.https://t.co/Gcb2EeQbWy— Gideon Glick (@gidglick) July 6, 2020
If you are able. There are broken hearts tonight.— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) July 6, 2020
Fundraiser for Amanda Kloots by Erin Silver : Support Amanda Kloots Nick Cordero & Elvis https://t.co/aMyPrNXESc
A heartwrenching loss. We will miss you Nick. I will always hold dear to me how kind and genuine you were to those around you. You inspire and encourage us all! My heart is with Amanda and Elvis. I will continue to pray for you guys! #NickCordero RIP pal.— Tony Yazbeck (@TonyYazbeck) July 6, 2020
We are so sad to loose our friend and Bronx Tale family member. He fought this virus with all his might. Our love and prayers to Nick's wife Amanda and his son Elvis. #RIP dear #NickCordero and keep everyone dancing! https://t.co/7O94hLgBRn— jane rosenthal (@janetribeca) July 6, 2020
I’m so shocked to see the news today that Nick has passed. My heart and soul goes out to Nick Cordero’s beautiful wife and family. Rest In Peace, Nick— Priscilla Presley (@Cilla_Presley) July 6, 2020
🙏🏽💔Amanda Kloots’ husband, Nick Cordero,41 passed away this from COVID-19 complications. I’ve been following this story since the beginning (13 weeks)— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) July 6, 2020
Watching Amanda rally so hard with positivity, music and love always with a smile on her face. This is just crushing😢😢😢 RIH pic.twitter.com/8Abdab7BGm
Words can’t express the heartbreak clearly enough. He was one of the best. Everyone who knew him felt this way. This is such a profound loss. Rest In Peace, friend. We will miss you terribly. #NickCordero— Matt Doyle (@MattfDoyle) July 6, 2020
My heart breaks. Rest In Peace Nick. Please everyone, be safe, take care of each other. What a loss...so devastating... https://t.co/ptoOnSb6k9— Phillipa Soo (@Phillipasoo) July 6, 2020
RIP Nick Cordero! My condolences to you Amanda who fought and loved so hard....so sorry for his little one. My heart is with you. May flights of angels.....❤❤❤🙏🏿🙏🏿 https://t.co/nRE3AmS0A2— Viola Davis (@violadavis) July 6, 2020
I will miss you. You were a wonderful man. A wonderful husband. The happiest dad I knew. A good friend to me. My love & prayers go out to your family #NickCordero— james m. iglehart (@jamesmiglehart) July 6, 2020
Sending thoughts of love and support to @amandakloots and the family of #NickCordero. With the #Broadway community already struggling with the economic effects of #coronavirus, this is even more heartbreaking. Rest In Peace.🙏🏼 https://t.co/oxUgcb1gj0— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) July 6, 2020
My heart is broken. I feel ill. Along with the entire Broadway community and the entire world, I mourn the loss of the incredible Nick Cordero and send my sincerest love and prayers to @amandakloots , Elvis & and entire family. RIP Nick. https://t.co/uBhjbrGfJE— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 6, 2020
Incredibly sad news. Can we please do what we need to do as a country to fight this virus together? It doesn’t care how healthy you are. It doesn’t care if you want to go to Fire Island. It doesn’t care if you are tired of wearing a mask. Reign. It. In. https://t.co/sae9sLQYv1— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) July 6, 2020
I’m so saddened to hear the news of Nick Cordero passing. I’m at a loss for words, can’t imagine the pain his beautiful family is facing right now. Rest In Peace— Joey King (@JoeyKing) July 6, 2020
An effortless, joyful, and generous actor, he was the easiest person to be in a scene with. He deeply understood what it meant to collaborate and build something with others, when to shine and when to support. He’d chew half the scenery and leave the rest for you. 3/7— Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) July 6, 2020
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