BROADWAY actor Nick Cordero died at the age of 41 on Sunday at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles after a long battle with COVID-19.
He passed after 91 days in the hospital because of coronavirus and complications stemming from the illness.
During his months at the medical facility, Nick’s Broadway actress wife, Amanda Kloots, kept the public updated in his journey with regular social media posts.
She announced the sad news of his passing late on Sunday.
Along with a black-and-white photo of her late husband, Amanda wrote: “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.”
She continued: “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.”
Nick was a Tony Award-nominated actor whose Broadway credits included Rock of Ages and Waitress.
His nomination at the 2014 Tonys was for his performance in the jukebox musical Bullets Over Broadway, in which he portrayed the character of Cheech.
It was on the set of this musical that he met his wife Amanda, who was also working on the show.
The two got married in September 2017 and welcomed son Elvis two years later.
Scrubs star Zach Braff, who also worked on the same Broadway production as Nick and Amanda, mourned the loss of his best friend with a tribute on social media, in which he revealed the last text he received from Nick.
Zach shared: “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.”
Onscreen, he had roles in movies like 2011’s Don Juan and 2017’s Going in Style and in shows like Blue Bloods and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Members of the theater community, as well others working in the entertainment industry, sent their love and sympathy to Amanda after hearing of her husband’s death.
Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted: “Devastating, What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight.”
Viola Davis wrote: “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…”
Nick’s wife Amanda, who is a fitness entrepreneur on top of being an actress, thanked his “extraordinary doctor” for being so “kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen” during Nick’s 13 weeks in the hospital.
Throughout his months in medical care, Nick was initially misdiagnosed with pneumonia before eventually testing positive for coronavirus.
Prior to his death, he had many complications due to the illness, including a lung infection, low blood pressure and issues with blood flow to his leg.
She went on to thank her friends, family and fans for “the outpour of love, support and help” throughout it all.
Amanda continued: “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.”
Nick is survived by his wife Amanda and their 1-year-old son, Elvis Eduardo.