Nick Cordero dies from coronavirus, leaving entertainment world mourning Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor


Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero, who specialised in playing tough guys on Broadway, has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus.

The 41-year-old died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai hospital after more than 90 days in hospital, according to his wife, actor Amanda Kloots.

“God has another angel in heaven now,” she wrote on Instagram.

“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.”

Cordero entered the emergency room on March 30 and had a succession of health setbacks, including mini-strokes, blood clots, septic infections, a tracheostomy and a temporary pacemaker implanted.

He had been on a ventilator and unconscious and had his right leg amputated. A double lung transplant was being considered.

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Actress and producer Viola Davis was among those in mourning, writing to Kloots and her child that “my heart is with you all”.

Fellow Broadway actress and president of Actors’ Equity Association, Kate Shindle, wrote on Twitter she was “heartbroken for his family and deeply saddened by the loss of this talented and widely loved actor”.

During Cordero’s hospitalisation, Kloots sent him daily videos of her and their one-year-old son, Elvis, so he could see them if he woke up, and urged friends and fans to join a daily sing-a-long.

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“I tell him, I say, ‘You’re going to walk out of this hospital, honey. I believe it. I know you can,'” she told CBS.

“‘We’re going to dance again. You’re going to hold your son again.’ My line is, ‘Don’t get lost. Get focused.'”

Kloots had said that it was difficult to tell whether Cordero understood what was happening to him, but said he could respond to commands by looking up and down when he was alert.

The lanky Cordero originated the menacing role of husband Earl opposite his estranged wife, played by Jessie Mueller, in Waitress as well as the role of Sonny in Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale. It was in Bullets Over Broadway where Cordero met his wife. The two married in 2017.

Cordero played a mob soldier with a flair for the dramatic in Broadway’s Woody Allen 1994 film adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway, for which he received a Tony nomination for best-featured actor in a musical. He and his family moved to Los Angeles where he starred in Rock of Ages.

On the small screen, Cordero appeared in several episodes of Blue Bloods and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and he had a role in the film Going in Style.

Cordero was last onstage in a Kennedy Center presentation of Little Shop of Horrors. His off-Broadway credits include The Toxic Avenger and Brooklynite.

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