Zach Braff couldn’t believe the coronavirus toll on his friend Nick Cordero before the Broadway star died on Sunday.
The alum of the “Scrubs”, 45, remembered the last days of Cordero in the hospital while he discussed the atrocious battle that Cordero had endured before finally succumbing to the complications inflicted on him by the disease.
“For clarity, he ran out of COVID-19,” Braff told a series colleague and show co-host Donald Faison in Tuesday’s episode of his podcast “Fake Doctors , Real Friends “. “What COVID did to Nick is what it does to a lot of people, it happens and wreaks havoc on your body. Then it leaves and you no longer have it, but you end up with what doctors have called “lungs that look like Swiss cheese”. ”
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The 41-year-old actor, nominated for the Tony Awards, died after a fight of several months during which he was admitted to the intensive care unit in March and remained hospitalized for more than 90 days.
Braff and Cordero became close when the two worked on the stage production “Bullets Over Broadway” in 2014. During Cordero’s long fight with viral complications, Braff welcomed Cordero’s wife Amanda Kloots, 38, and the couple’s one-year-old son Elvis at his Los Angeles home to wait for the fight.
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Braff told Faison that Kloots rarely hesitated in his hope that Cordero would come to consciousness and lamented that he hated the fact that he and his girlfriend Florence Pugh were unable to comfort Kloots due to related regulations social distancing.
“We were literally standing 10 feet away from her and watching our friend sobbing,” said Braff. “Can you imagine how tragic it is? Your partner is in the hospital, can’t you even be there? You cannot be by their side, you cannot kiss them, you cannot kiss them, you cannot encourage them. You must do this on a FaceTime that a generous nurse has organized. ”
During Cordero’s hospitalization, Kloots sent him daily videos of her and Elvis so that he could see them if he woke up and urged his friends and fans to join in a daily song.
Cordero entered the emergency room on March 30 and suffered a series of health problems, including mini-strokes, blood clots, septic infections, tracheostomy and a temporary implanted pacemaker. He had been ventilated and unconscious and had had his right leg amputated. A double lung transplant was under study.
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Braff said that Cordero’s condition had worsened and that he was eventually placed on a ventilator.
“It just deteriorated, deteriorated, deteriorated, to the point where they put him on ventilation and then he never came back,” recalls the actor and director. “He sort of woke up a bit and there were some exciting times when they said, ‘Nick if you can hear us look up,’ and he would, but he wouldn’t do it all the time . It was only occasionally. “
Braff said he got Kloots and Elvis back and was determined to make sure they took care of moving forward – in Cordero’s honor.
“There are so many people who love Amanda and Elvis, and we will all do our part to help give this child an amazing life,” said Braff. “He just started walking, and he’s just the cutest child ever.” He’s so cute. ”
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Braff also paid tribute to his boyfriend after Kloots publicly announced the death of Cordero.
“I honestly never knew a nicer person. But Covid doesn’t care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness of your heart, ”the actor wrote on Instagram. “The last thing he texted me was to find his wife and one-year-old son Elvis. I promise the world that he will lack nothing. I feel incredibly grateful to have been able to bring Nick Cordero into my life. Rest in peace. Stay in power. ”
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Braff’s latest statement is to keep a promise he made in April to Cordero’s family where he told the Hollywood Reporter that he was helping to take care of Kloots and Elvis amidst the grave uncertainty of the Cordero healing.
“I’m very close to that because one of my best friends in the world, Nick Cordero, and his wife [Amanda Kloots] and baby have been living in my guest house for seven months while they were shopping in Los Angeles to move here, “said Braff at the time, adding that Cordero had a coronavirus” worse than anyone I have heard of. speak not deceased. ”
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In Tuesday’s podcast, Braff tripled, adding, “We will all do our part to give this child an extraordinary life. I promise I will do it for the rest of my life and I want to make him proud. ”
Frank Miles of Fox News contributed to this report.