Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Dies At 41 After Battle With Coronavirus – Nick Cordero, a Canadian actor who earned a Tony nomination for the 2014 musical “Bullets Over Broadway,” has died in Los Angeles. He was 41.
Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Dies At 41 After Battle With Coronavirus:
Nick Cordero, the Broadway actor who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as “Waitress,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Bullets Over Broadway,” died Sunday after contracting the coronavirus and spending weeks in intensive care, his wife Amanda Kloots said.
Nick Cordero’s death was announced on Instagram by his wife, Amanda Kloots. Cordero had been hospitalized in late March and was subsequently diagnosed with covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” Nick Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots, a fitness trainer and former Radio City Rockette, posted on her official Instagram account Sunday night. “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,” his wife, Amanda Kloots, wrote. “My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him.”
Nick Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots has been regularly updating her social media accounts with news of her husband’s ups and downs as he battled the virus and complications. She said Cordero battled the disease for 95 days.
Nick Cordero, 41, went to an emergency room with symptoms of the virus on March 30 and was placed on a ventilator two days later.
Nick Cordero had no known pre-existing conditions, Kloots has said, but Cordero developed an infection that caused two mini-strokes and septic shock. Doctors at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles also placed Cordero, in a medically induced coma and amputated his right leg, and the hashtag campaign #WakeUpNick sprung up on social media to support Cordero as he recovered.
During Cordro’s hospitalization, Amanda Kloots sent him daily videos of her and their 1-year-old son, Elvis, so he could see them if he woke up.
In a note Sunday on Instagram, Kloots said she held Nick Cordero’s hand and sang his favorite song, “Live Your Life.”
“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,” Kloots said. “I will love you forever and always my sweet man.”
Tony-Nominated Broadway Star Nick Cordero Died From Coronavirus Complications:
Born in Ontario, Canada, Nick Cordero moved to New York in 2008 and was cast in the rock musical “The Toxic Avenger” at George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, which later moved off-Broadway to New World Stages.
Nick Cordero went on to appear in “Rock of Ages,” and in 2014 he was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award his role in “Bullets Over Broadway,” a role that earned him a Theatre World Award and Outer Critics Circle Award. Cordero joined the cast of “Waitress” in 2016, and left to originate the role of Sonny in “A Bronx Tale The Musical” later that year.
Nick Cordero was a menacing presence on TV shows such as “Lilyhammer,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and the police drama “Blue Bloods.” But he was best known for his work on Broadway, playing charismatic brutes in musicals including “Bullets Over Broadway” and “A Bronx Tale” — two shows in which his character was previously portrayed on-screen by Bronx-born actor Chazz Palminteri.
Nick Cordero later starred in the crowd-pleasing musical “Waitress” as Earl, the abusive husband of actress Jessie Mueller’s title character. He left the show in September 2016, six months after its opening, to play Sonny in “A Bronx Tale,” adapted from a one-man play by Palminteri that had inspired a 1993 film starring and directed by Robert De Niro.
Cordero also found success on the small screen, making appearances in episodes of “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Lilyhammer,” and he had a role in the film “Going in Style.”
Cordero met Amanda Kloots, a former Broadway dancer, when they were both performing in “Bullets over Broadway” and they married in 2017. Nick Cordero and Amanda Kloots had a son, Elvis, born in 2019, and recently moved to Los Angeles.
Nick Cordero is survived by his wife Amanda Kloots and their 1-year-old son, Elvis.