Canadian broadway star Nick Cordero dies of COVID-19
After a months-long struggle with COVID-19 that resulted in complications like extensive lung damage and an amputated leg, Canadian-born Broadway actor Nick Cordero has sadly died.
Amanda Kloots, the wife of the Bullets Over Broadway and A Bronx Tale performer, shared the news on Sunday over Instagram, where she had also been chronicling Cordero's battle with the infectious disease over the last 95 days.
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. ❤️
"We sang [Nick's song Live Your Life] 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," she wrote.
The hashtag #WakeUpNick gained traction back at the beginning of April, when Cordero was first induced and put onto a ventilator.
His body went through infection, septic shock, and a leg amputation before he finally became conscious again in mid-May. But by then he was reportedly extremely weak and had such severe lung damage that he was facing the prospect of needing a double-lung transplant to survive.
The Tony-nominated Cordero, who was raised in Hamilton, Ontario, was only 41 years old, and his death is one of many that serve to show how terrifying and tragic the health crisis really is. He leaves behind his wife and one-year-old son, Elvis.
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