BROAD­WAY STAR NICK CORDERO, 41, DIES AF­TER BAT­TLING CORO­N­AVIRUS

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD - BY MARK KENNEDY AP En­ter­tain­ment Writer

NEW YORK — Tony Award­nom­i­nated ac­tor Nick Cordero, who spe­cial­ized in play­ing tough guys on Broad­way in such shows as “Wait­ress,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Bul­lets Over Broad­way,” has died in Los An­ge­les af­ter suf­fer­ing se­vere med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions af­ter con­tract­ing the coro­n­avirus. He was 41.

Mr. Cordero died Sun­day at Cedars-Si­nai hos­pi­tal af­ter more than 90 days in the hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to his wife, Amanda Kloots. “God has an­other an­gel in heaven now,” she posted on In­sta­gram. “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.”

Mr. Cordero en­tered the emer­gency room on March 30 and had a suc­ces­sion of health set­backs, in­clud­ing mini-strokes, blood clots, sep­tic in­fec­tions, a tra­cheostomy and a tem­po­rary pace­maker im­planted. He had been on a ven­ti­la­tor and un­con­scious and had his right leg am­pu­tated. A dou­ble lung trans­plant was be­ing ex­plored.

Vi­ola Davis was among those in mourn­ing, writ­ing to his widow and child that “my heart is with you all.” Fel­low Broad­way ac­tress and pres­i­dent of Ac­tors’ Eq­uity As­so­ci­a­tion Kate Shin­dle wrote on Twit­ter that she was “heart­bro­ken for his fam­ily and deeply sad­dened by the loss of this tal­ented and widely loved ac­tor.”

Dur­ing Mr. Cordero’s hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, Kloots sent him daily videos of her and their 1-year-old son, Elvis, so he could see them if he woke up, and urged friends and fans to join a daily sing-a-long. A Go­FundMe page to pay for med­i­cal ex­penses has raised over $600,000.

“I tell him, I say, ‘You’re gonna walk out of this hos­pi­tal, honey. I be­lieve it. I know you can,’” she told “CBS This Morn­ing” this sum­mer. ”‘We’re gonna dance again. You’re gonna hold your son again.’ My line is, ‘Don’t get lost. Get fo­cused.’”

The lanky Mr. Cordero orig­i­nated the men­ac­ing role of hus­band Earl op­po­site his es­tranged wife, played by Jessie Mueller, in “Wait­ress” as well as the role of Sonny in Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale.” It was at “Bul­lets Over Broad­way” where Mr. Cordero met his wife. The two mar­ried in 2017.

Cast­mem­bers from “Wait­ress”

— Jessie Mueller, Keala Set­tle, Kimik Glenn and song­writer Sara Bareilles — helped raise money for Mr. Cordero by cov­er­ing his song “Live Your Life.” Sylvester Stal­lone sent a video with best wishes.

Kloots had said it was dif­fi­cult to tell whether Mr. Cordero un­der­stood what hap­pened to him but said he could re­spond to com­mands by look­ing up and down when he was alert.

Her hus­band played a mob sol­dier with a flare for the dra­matic in Broad­way’s adap­ta­tion of Woody Allen 1994 film “Bul­lets Over Broad­way,” for which he re­ceived a Tony nom­i­na­tion for best-fea­tured ac­tor in a mu­si­cal. He and his fam­ily moved to Los An­ge­les to star in “Rock of Ages.”

On the small screen, Mr. Cordero ap­peared in sev­eral episodes of “Blue Bloods” and “Law & Or­der: Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit,” and he had a role in the film “Go­ing in Style.”

The virus has sick­ened other Broad­way vet­er­ans, in­clud­ing the ac­tors Danny Burstein, Tony Shal­houb, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Gavin Creel, Aaron Tveit and Laura Bell Bundy as well as com­poser David Bryan. It has also claimed the life of Tony-win­ning play­wright Ter­rence Mc­Nally.

BRAD BARKET/INVISION/AP

Nick Cordero had been hos­pi­tal­ized for more than 90 days.

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