Broadway actordied on Sunday after three months in hospital after complications from the coronavirus, his wife Amanda Kloots said. Stars on stage and on screen paid tribute to the 41-year-old actor on social media.
Here are some of the celebrities who have honored Cordero’s life online:
Cordero’s wife, a former Broadway dancer who became a celebrity coach, recorded her husband’s struggle with the virus from the start, regularly posting updates on Instagram and encouraging fans to watch his song “Live Your Life.”
Last week,that her husband would probably need a double lung transplant. His leg was amputated after he contracted the disease.
Kloots, with whom Cordero shared a 1-year-old son, Elvis, wrote a heartbreaking Instagram post on Sunday announcing her husband’s death.
“I’m incredulous and hurt everywhere. My heart is broken because I can’t imagine our life without him,” Kloots wrote next to a black and white photo of her late husband. “Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved listening, helping, and talking. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being father and husband. Elvis and I will missing him in everything we do it every day. “
She thanked Cordero’s doctor and those who had provided support and love during his treatment.
“You have no idea how much you raised my spirits every day at 3pm when the world sang Nick’s song Live Your Life. We sang it to him today and held his hands,” she said. “When I sang the last line to him, ‘they’ll give you hell, but if you don’t light it, don’t kill your light without a fight. Live your life,’ I smiled because he was definitely fighting. I will love you for over and over my sweet man. “
Actor Zach Braff told The Hollywood Reporter in April that Cordero was “one of my best friends in the world”. He added that he took care of Kloots and Elvis, who he believed had lived in his guest house for seven months at the time.
Braff honored the star, with whom he appeared on Instagram in the musical “Bullets Over Broadway” on Instagram, in a moving post on Sunday. “To be honest, I’ve never known a friendlier person, but Covid doesn’t care about the purity of your soul or the kindness in your heart,” Braff wrote alongside a photo of Kloots and Cordero. “The last thing he ever wrote to me was to look out for his wife and one-year-old son Elvis. I promise the world that they will never want anything. I am so incredibly grateful that I brought Nick Cordero into my life recorded. “
Braff later posted a photo of him and Cordero on Instagram on Monday and wrote, “He played the tough guy, but he was the nicest teddy bear you’ve ever met.”
Broadway veteran and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted about Cordero on Sunday night: “Devastating. What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight.”
Braff tweeted a picture of him, Miranda, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. and Cordero, who smiled together and wrote in response, “He loved you, sir”.
Miranda also tweeted a link to a GoFundMe on Monday that supports Cordero and his family.
Actress Viola Davis paid tribute to Cordero and his family on Twitter. “RIP Nick Cordero!” Davis wrote. “My condolences to you Amanda, who fought so hard and loved … so sorry for his little one. My heart is with you. Like angel flights …” She added several heart emojis and prayer hand emojis to the tweet.
Actor Darren Criss honored Cordero on Twitter early Monday, saying he never failed to see the star in one of his roles on Broadway.
“I’m lucky never to have missed a Nick Cordero role. I’ve seen him as Dennis, Cheech, Earl and Sonny, and I’ve always loved seeing him on stage,” said Criss, who also am Broadway has played. “For such rugged parts, he was really a sweet man who was loved very much by his colleagues and certainly by his family. Sad to hear. RIP.”
The musician Sara Bareilles honored Cordero, who played in her Broadway musical “Waitress”, on Instagram in a warm post.
“He was light. Friendly and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh,” the singer wrote in a caption next to a photo of Cordero. “Send so much love to the love warrior @amandakloots and little Elvis and an immense hug to anyone who feels the loss of this huge heart. Peace and quiet, dear Nick. We love you.”
Former “How I Met Your Mother” actor Josh Radnor posted a long thread in honor of Cordero on Twitter on Monday, telling his time with the actor in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors”.
“As an effortless, joyful, and generous actor, he was the easiest person in a scene,” he wrote in one of the thread’s seven tweets. “He understood deeply what it means to work with others and build something, when to shine and when to support. He chewed half the landscape and left the rest for you.”
He added that it was “funny” that Cordero often played “oversized selfish (and often criminal) characters” because his “he was such a well-adjusted person”.
Broadway actress Ariana DeBose, who starred with Cordero in Broadway’s “A Bronx Tale the Musical”, tweeted about his death on Sunday evening.
“One of the big guys went way too early … just the best,” DeBose wrote. “I’m devastated for @amandakloots, his family … for everyone who loved him. It was a privilege to stand next to him in @BXTaleMusical. I just … … #WearADamnMask”