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The Broadway Community and Beyond Grieve the Passing of Nick Cordero

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | July 6, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | July 6, 2020 |


Nick Cordero passed away yesterday at the age of 41 from complications due to Covid-19. The Tony-nominated Broadway actor played, among other roles, Cheech in the musical Bullets Over Broadway, Earl in the musical Waitress, and Sonny in the musical A Bronx Tale. Cordero is survived by his wife, Amanda Kloots, and his one-year-old son, Elvis. Kloots, who has kept the world apprised of her husband’s health on Instagram these last three months, announced his passing there yesterday.

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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. ❤️

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I do not follow Broadway, and so I wasn’t familiar with Cordero before he was struck by the illness, but Cordero — like David Lat (who survived after being put on a ventilator) — became an example over these last four months of how vulnerable even the healthiest among us are to this disease. Cordero was 41, healthy, and had no underlying conditions. Before passing away, Cordero had a leg amputated because of blood clots, spent the last three months in a medically-induced coma, and — had he survived — would have needed a double lung transplant.

So many hundreds of thousands of people over the last three months have followed Cordero’s story, have checked in daily on his wife’s Insta, and have gotten to know and adore his family. Kloots and Elvis, their one-year-old son, have become an inspiration, and I know it is such small consolation to his family and his loved ones in the Broadway community, but Nick Cordero saved a lot of lives, otherwise healthy people who remained in quarantine because of what happened to him.

We also received the occasional update from Zach Braff in interviews and/or on his Scrubs rewatch podcast. Braff and Cordero were good friends; in fact, Cordero and his family had moved into Braff’s guest house as they were moving to Los Angeles. When Cordero returned to New York to pick up some things, he was infected by the coronavirus. Cordero’s final text to Braff was to make sure his son was taken care of.

Meanwhile, the broader acting community was heartbroken about Cordero’s passing.

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