Broadway actor Nick Cordero, whose brutal, months-long battle against coronavirus made headlines around the world, has died aged 41.
Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots made the sad announcement via Instagram today, writing: “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
Kloots, 38, had been keeping fans updated over the past three months as her husband fought the deadly virus, facing horrific complications including having a leg amputated, suffering a lung infection and being given a temporary pacemaker. He lost more than 27kg as he battled the illness.
“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,” Kloots wrote, referring to the couple’s infant son.
Kloots thanked those who had been in touch for the “outpour of love, support and help we’ve received these last 95 days,” saying that her husband “definitely put up a fight. I will love you forever and always my sweet man.”
Cordero was originally hospitalised at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles with a suspected coronavirus infection in April. He had to have his right leg amputated due to complications from the virus and was on a ventilator for many weeks.
He also suffered two ministrokes and a septic infection, battled fungus in his lungs and was fitted with a temporary pacemaker for his heart.
Last month, Kloots revealed she’d been advised by doctors on multiple occasions to say her goodbyes.
“I’ve been told a couple times that he won’t make it. I’ve been told to say goodbye. I’ve been told it would take a miracle. Well, I have faith,” she wrote on June 4.
Cordero is best known for starring in the 2014 musical Bullets Over Broadway in the role of Cheech, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.
Originally published as Star dies after months-long virus battle