Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who appeared in the Broadway productions "Rock of Ages," "Waitress," "Bullets Over Broadway" and "A Bronx Tale: The Musical," died Sunday morning after a long and difficult battle with COVID-19. He was 41.
His wife, Amanda Kloots, confirmed the news on her Instagram account. "God has another angel in heaven now," she wrote. "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. I will love you forever and always my sweet man."
Cordero tested positive for COVID-19 in March and was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he spent more than 90 days in the intensive care unit. During his hospital stay, he was given a temporary pacemaker, underwent a leg amputation and was put into a medically induced coma. He also had additional complications, including lung infections and septic shock.
Kloots had been sharing updates on Cordero's status on Instagram throughout his treatment. On March 31, she shared the news that he was in the ICU after "having a hard time breathing" and was initially misdiagnosed with pneumonia. Fans and former cast mates circulated a #wakeupnick hashtag on social media in support of Cordero, posting video clips of themselves dancing and singing along to his "Waitress" single "Live Your Life."
The Hamilton, Ontario, native attended Ryerson University but dropped out to sing for the band Lovemethod. After leaving Canada for New York, he originated the role of Toxie in the off-Broadway production of "The Toxic Avenger."
Cordero got his start on Broadway in the 2012 production of "Rock of Ages" in which he played Dennis and Record Company Man. He earned a Tony nod and a Drama Desk nomination two years later for his role as Cheech in the musical adaptation of Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway." He also played Earl in "Waitress" and Sonny in "A Bronx Tale: The Musical," which earned him an additional Drama Desk nomination.
He also had small roles in the television series "Queer as Folk" and "Lilyhammer" and a recurring role in "Blue Bloods" (as Victor Lugo) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" as Anthony Marino.
Cordero is survived by Kloots, a personal trainer and former Radio City Rockette, and their 1-year-old son, Elvis.
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