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Nick Cordero, Broadway actor, passes away after three-month battle with COVID-19

Cordero, 41-year-old Tony-nominated actor, known for his Broadway roles the role of Sonny in “A Bronx Tale Musical,” the role of Cheech in “Bullets Over Broadway” and the role of Dennis “Rock of Ages,” passed away Sunday morning.

After 95 days in the hospital, his wife Amanda Kloots, notified followers on Instagram late Sunday night, “My darling husband passed away this morning,” she wrote, “I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him.”

On April 1st, Kloots posted on Instagram to reveal Cordero had been sick for some time and had possibly contracted COVID-19. Over the following months, she confirmed COVID-19 and continued to update followers on Cordero’s state in the ICU frequently.

On May 8th, she confirmed an infection was the leading cause of further complications Cordero faced. The infection caused two strokes, amputation of his right leg, a fungus in his lungs, sepsis infection and blood clots.

As Kloots updated followers, she frequently asked them to pray for Cordero’s recovery. Throughout the three month period, she shared the ups and downs of his recovery, while some days saw improvement, other days saw regression.

However, she never lost faith, “I’ve been told a couple of times that he won’t make it. I’ve been told to say goodbye. I’ve been told it would take a medical. Well, I have faith,” She wrote on Instagram.

Kloots sharers update on Cordero. Courtesy of @AmandaKloots on Instagram.

She also took the opportunity to use Cordero’s story to bring awareness to the real and deadly effects of COVID-19, “This disease does not only effect old people. This is real.” She wrote on Instagram, “STAY HOME! FOLLOW GUIDELINES! This journey with Nick has been the hardest thing we’ve ever had to go through.”

Born in Ontario, Canada, Cordero moved to New York to pursue acting. He successfully landed roles in original productions of “Nice Girl,” “Brooklynite” and “The Toxic Avenger.”

His television career also included “Queer as Folk,” “Lilyhammer,” “Law and Order: SUV,” and “Blue Bloods.”

Cordero leaves behind his wife and one-year-old son, Elvis Cordero.

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Samantha Aguilar

Samantha Aguilar is a Broadcasting Journalism student at California State University, Fullerton. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she moved to Southern California to begin her career as a reporter and anchor in hard news. Her love for music has led to her interest in both entertainment and American and Latin American pop culture. Having worked with Al Día, CSUF's Spanish newscast, has encouraged her to pursue a career in Spanish. Her favorite pass time is catching the sunset at the beach and hiking trails.

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