Nick Cordero was a regular on the Broadway stage. He’d had lead roles in A Bronx Tale, Waitress, and Bullets Over Broadway, the latter of which earned him a Tony nomination for “best-featured actor in a musical.” Sadly, Cordero passed away on Sunday after suffering complications from the coronavirus. He was 41.
In April, Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots asked fans for their prayers. He was sick with what they thought was pneumonia, she explained. She wrote that they believed he had been misdiagnosed and said they were waiting to hear if he had COVID-19. Cordero was sent to the ICU, where he was put into a medically-induced coma to get oxygen. Kloots posted for weeks after, noting in June that Cordero had been sick for about 85 days and that he was “profoundly weak.”
After sharing that Cordero had passed, she thanked his doctors and fans who sent an outpouring of love and support.
“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,” she wrote.
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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. ❤️
Cordero, who was 6 feet 5 inches, is remembered as a jack of all trades who learned to tap dance for his memorable role as Cheech in Bullets Over Broadway. He said in a 2014 New York Times interview that he’d always been a dancer and grew up learning styles of Latin dances.
“It was definitely intimidating. But I’ve always danced,” he shared. “My father’s Latino, so when I was a kid, we’d all get in the caravan and go to these Latin dances, and I’d dance with these older girls. I thought I was super cool.”