American Broadway star Nick Cordero has died at age 41 after months spent battling coronavirus. His wife Amanda Kloots shared the news on Instagram on July 5, two days after telling supporters that Cordero would likely require a double lung transplant. He is survived by Kloots and their 1-year-old son, Elvis.
"God has another angel in heaven now. My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth," Kloots wrote. "I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. 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. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday."
She thanked Cordero's doctor as well as the extended network of supporters who offered encouragement on social media, where Kloots had been posting updates on Cordero's condition. He was hospitalised on 1 April and spent several weeks in a coma as he battled the virus; doctors put him on a ventilator and eventually amputated his right leg. Cordero woke up in mid-May, and in July, Kloots said that he could open his eyes and answer commands.
Fans and loved ones had rallied around Cordero via Instagram, posting videos of themselves dancing to his music, something Kloots said kept her spirits up.
"I cannot begin to thank everyone enough for the outpour of love, support and help we've received these last 95 days. You have no idea how much you lifted my spirits at 3pm everyday as the world sang Nicks song, Live Your Life," Kloots wrote. "We sang it to him today, holding his hands. As I sang the last line to him, 'they'll give you hell but don't you light them kill your light not without a fight. Live your life,' I smiled because he definitely put up a fight. I will love you forever and always my sweet man."