Hamilton theater star Nick Cordero, who had legions of supporters rallying behind him on social media during his terrible health battle with COVID-19, died in Los Angeles.
His wife, dancer and personal trainer, Amanda Kloots, said Cordero died on Sunday morning, “surrounded by his family. “
He was 41 years old.
“My heart is broken because I can’t imagine our lives without him,” wrote Kloots on Instagram. “Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and above all talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and a husband. “
The Tony Award-nominated actor, singer and musician first entered Los Angeles hospital in early April with what was apparently a case of pneumonia, Kloots said.
Doctors suspected it was the new coronavirus and gave him three tests.
The first two tests returned negative and the third was positive for COVID-19.
The disease ravaged his body, according to Kloots, who kept the world informed of his situation daily with posts on his Instagram account.
She said the doctors described his lungs as riddled with holes and appeared to have smoked for 50 years, even though he was not a smoker.
He had a persistent lung infection and major complications of the disease, including blood pressure and clotting problems that resulted in the amputation of his right leg.
Cordero was in an intensive care unit on various machines to help support his heart, lungs and kidneys.
He was in a coma of medical origin, but had emerged from it before his death.
Kloots put a brave face on his Instagram account, posting positive messages and appearing often with their son, Elvis, who has just celebrated his first birthday.
She encouraged everyone to play Cordero’s song “Live Your Life” to help send positive vibes into the universe.
His call has prompted countless Instagram users, including celebrities and Broadway stars, to post videos of themselves dancing to “Live Your Life” and performing various incarnations.
Kloots said that on Sunday, she sang the song to him in person, holding her hands.
As I sang her the last sentence, “They will give you hell, but don’t let them kill your light, not without fighting.” Live your life, “I smiled because he definitely fought,” she wrote.
In addition to his daily “Nick update” on his account, Kloots has also often told comforting stories about their relationship and their lives together.
She said they had a relationship while performing on the Great White Way in “Bullets Over Broadway”, which earned her the nomination of Tony.
Cordero grew up in west Hamilton and attended Ryerson University to play.
He was also nominated for a Drama Desk award for his role in the musical “A Bronx Tale”. His other credits on stage included “Rock of Ages”.