Nick Cordero, ‘Blue Bloods’ actor and Broadway star, died from complications due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 41 years old.
Cordero passed away at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California on Sunday (July 5) morning after a 95-day battle with the virus.
Amanda Kloots, his wife, announced his passing via Instagram on Sunday night.
His Wife’s Announcement and Tribute
“God has another angel in heaven now,” she began. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
“I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere,” she continued. “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, every day.”
Kloots praised her husband’s doctor, Dr. David Ng. “There are not many doctors like you,” she continued. “Kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion. You’re a diamond in the rough.”
She also said that those who sang her husband’s song, “Live Your Life,” every day at 3 P.M. lifted her spirits. “We sang it to him today, holding his hands,” she revealed. “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,” she concluded.
Nick Cordero’s Fight With Coronavirus
Furthermore, Cordero was put on a ventilator in the ICU on April 1. Kloots revealed that he was initially misdiagnosed with pneumonia. Later that month, on April 20, Cordero’s right leg had to be amputated due to clotting issues.
Kloots later shared that the family learned that his lung damage was extensive. “Due to COVID, Nick’s lungs are severely damaged — to look almost like he’s been a smoker for 50 years, they said,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories.
Finally, Cordero woke up from his coma on May 13. On June 25, Kloots gave her followers an update on how he has been specifically communicating. She shared that he interacts with his eyes by looking up for yes and down for no. He could not move his body yet as he was also battling blood infections and blood pressure problems.
“When he is alert he can also move his jaw,” she added. “I have been doing passive physical therapy on him to help in any way I can to get him stronger, to keep his joints moving, and engage his muscles.”