Broadway star Nick Cordero died at age 41 on July 5th, 2020. His wife, Amanda Kloots, announced his passing on Instagram, saying, “He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
Although Kloots didn’t note how the actor died, he was diagnosed with the coronavirus in March 2020 and had suffered a series of medical complications. Kloots, who welcomed a baby boy named Elvis with Cordero in June 2019.
Announced on April 18th, 2020, that her husband had his right leg amputated due to blood clotting issues. The news came after she revealed that Cordero was unconscious and on a ventilator in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The couple had moved to LA from New York so Cordero could star in Rock of Ages, which made its Hollywood Boulevard debut in February 2020. Kloots’ last major update about Cordero’s health before his passing came on July 2nd, 2020, when she told CBS This Morning’s host Gayle King that the actor would possibly undergo a double lung transplant.
Nick Cordero, who also starred in A Bronx Tale, Waitress, and other high-profile roles, seemingly wasn’t intimidated by the challenges of fame or the scrutiny that could come with it. As for Cordero and Kloots’ recent move to Los Angeles, it sounded like the actor had hoped to have an extended stay on the west coast, perhaps broadening his career horizons in the process.
When Cordero was hospitalized due to coronavirus complications in March 2020, his wife became his fiercest advocate, publicizing his battle with the deadly disease. From encouraging Cordero’s fans to wish him well, to Face Timing with him regularly, she stood by her husband in every way she could, since she was unable to be with him in person during most of his illness.
Cordero and Kloots reportedly first met when they worked together on the Broadway show Bullets Over Broadway, which debuted in 2014. Nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Bullets Over Broadway, Cordero was clearly a talented actor — but he also was a gifted musician.
Cordero admitted there were no plans for a full album with his band, but he was hoping that would change in the future. Music was meaningful to Cordero, telling the outlet how he was, quote, “always going to write songs and play them.”
While Cordero was in the hospital, Kloots encouraged her followers to play his single, “Live Your Life,” on social media so that the actor would feel the energy and make a speedy recovery. In April 2020, she wrote, “He is hearing the support, the love, and your voices every day. I just know it.”