Late “Blue Bloods” star and Broadway actor Nick Cordero’s son was recently captured on film strolling down the sidewalk in a sweater honoring his late dad’s work. Cordero’s widow, Amanda Kloots, posted the image to her Instagram account.
“Live your life,” young Elvis’s sweater reads, a reference to Cordero’s one-man show as well as the title of an album released after his death.
“Live Your Life,” Kloots captioned the post.
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Died of Complications from COVID-19
Cordero passed away in July of 2020 after coming down with COVID-19 that March. The actor, then 41, was initially diagnosed with pneumonia, according to Yahoo Entertainment. By the time he arrived at the intensive care unit in Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital, he was in bad shape.
Over the following weeks and months, doctors put Cordero into a medically-induced coma. They placed him on dialysis to keep his kidneys working. They eventually had to saw off his right leg. Doctors also inserted a feeding tube. Then they installed a temporary pacemaker in his heart.
What’s more, doctors soon discovered that Cordero’s lungs were infected and that there were holes in them. The actor underwent multiple procedures to get his lungs cleaned out. By the time Cordero died, doctors were saying he was going to need a double lung transplant.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” Kloots posted upon her husband’s death. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
Cordero played Victor Lugo on Hit CBS Show
On “Blue Bloods,” Cordero played Victor Lugo in three episodes: “Out of the Blue,” “Heavy is the Head” and “Your Six.” Cordero’s brief stint on “Blue Bloods” left a lasting impression on the writers and the cast, as star Tom Selleck pointed out in an appearance on “The Talk” this January. He noted that after Cordero’s quick initial turn, the writers wrote him into a new episode.
“When you’re so good to move a writer to write another episode for you, that’s a real validation as an actor,” Selleck said. “And that’s the kind of actor he was. And when the crew goes, ‘Yay he’s coming back,’ that’s a validation for him as a person.”
Meanwhile, in an appearance this May on “The Talk,” Wahlberg tried to console Kloot, who is a host on that show, while paying tribute to her late husband. He said he considers himself blessed to have known Cordero.
“I was really blessed to work with Nick,” Wahlberg said. “He was so fun, so outgoing, and just larger than life. And Amanda, you know, when I found out Nick was in the hospital and stuff, I instantly went to follow you on Instagram and reach out to you and stuff. Your spirit through that whole experience was such an inspiration.”
Watch Wahlberg’s full comments here: