Lin-Manuel Miranda Leads Nick Cordero Tributes: 'Devastating'

Leading figures in the entertainment industry have been mourning the tragic death of Broadway actor Nick Cordero. He was 41.

The Tony-nominated actor known for his work in Bullets Over Broadway, Waitress, and A Bronx Tale the Musical died Sunday after a lengthy struggle with COVID-19.

Cordero leaves behind his wife Amanda Kloots and their son Elvis, who was born in June 2019.

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Nick Cordero sings during a record-signing event for Broadway's "A Bronx Tale" in 2017. The performer underwent surgery to amputate his leg earlier this year after suffering complications from a coronavirus infection. John Lamparski/Getty

Many fans of Cordero as well as his acting friends and colleagues are struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss.

Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda summed it up in his poignant tweet today, writing: "Devastating. What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight."

Devastating. What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight. https://t.co/T3xfcAtw0E

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 6, 2020

Cordero was diagnosed with what was thought to be pneumonia in March before a grueling battled with coronavirus ensued.

The musical theater star spent weeks in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

During his stay, he underwent a leg amputation, was given a temporary pacemaker, and was put into a medically induced coma. He was also awaiting a double lung transplant.

His wife, Broadway dancer and fitness instructor Kloots announced Cordero's death via Instagram.

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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. ⠀ 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. ⠀ To Nicks extraordinary doctor, Dr. David Ng, you were my positive doctor! There are not many doctors like you. 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. ⠀ ⠀ 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. 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. ❤️

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"God has another angel in heaven now," she wrote. "My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth."

Several heartfelt tributes to the late star have been pouring in on social media, with many high profile actors sharing their heartbreak, disbelief, and in some cases, anger.

"I'm lucky enough to have never missed a Nick Cordero bway role," Glee star Darren Criss tweeted. "I got to see him as Dennis, Cheech, Earl, and Sonny, and I always loved seeing him on stage. For such gruff parts, he was in reality a sweet man, well-loved by his colleagues & certainly by his fam. Sad to hear. RIP."

I'm lucky enough to have never missed a Nick Cordero bway role. I got to see him as Dennis, Cheech, Earl, and Sonny, and I always loved seeing him on stage. For such gruff parts, he was in reality a sweet man, well-loved by his colleagues & certainly by his fam. Sad to hear. RIP.

— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) July 6, 2020

Scrubs actor Zach Braff shared a number of tweets to honor his late friend.
"Nick Cordero passed at 11:40am today with his mother and wife by his side," he tweeted. "I can honesty tell you I have never met a kinder human being. Don't believe that Covid only claims the elderly and infirm. I am so grateful for the time we had. 'We'll catch up some other time.'"

Nick Cordero passed at 11:40am today with his mother and wife by his side. I can honesty tell you I have never met a kinder human being. Don’t believe that Covid only claims the elderly and infirm.
I am so grateful for the time we had. “We’ll catch up some other time.” pic.twitter.com/Oq2a8QsIyH

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 6, 2020

Nick Cordero fought as hard as he could for 90 days. Wear a mask. Fuck Covid. pic.twitter.com/E83Ln0EXdK

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 6, 2020

He later tweeted: "Nick Cordero fought as hard as he could for 90 days. Wear a mask. F*** Covid."

Little Women star Florence Pugh, echoed her boyfriend Braff's comments, sharing a video of Cordero on Instagram, writing: "We lost one of the great ones today.
My friend Nick Cordero passed this morning, holding hands with all his loved ones. Him and his wife @amandakloots have been fighting extremely hard for 90 days. He caught COVID-19 in March and has been hospitalised ever since despite having no pre-existing health conditions."

Priscilla Presley tweeted: "I'm so shocked to see the news today that Nick has passed. My heart and soul goes out to Nick Cordero's beautiful wife and family. Rest In Peace, Nick."

I’m so shocked to see the news today that Nick has passed. My heart and soul goes out to Nick Cordero’s beautiful wife and family. Rest In Peace, Nick

— Priscilla Presley (@Cilla_Presley) July 6, 2020

America Horror Story's Sarah Paulson urged people to donate to a GoFundMe set up to support Cordero's family.

"If you are able. There are broken hearts tonight," she wrote.

If you are able. There are broken hearts tonight.

Fundraiser for Amanda Kloots by Erin Silver : Support Amanda Kloots Nick Cordero & Elvis https://t.co/aMyPrNXESc

— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) July 6, 2020

Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame urged the public to fight the virus in light of Cordero's death.

"Incredibly sad news," he tweeted. "Can we please do what we need to do as a country to fight this virus together? It doesn't care how healthy you are. It doesn't care if you want to go to Fire Island. It doesn't care if you are tired of wearing a mask. Reign. It. In."

Incredibly sad news. Can we please do what we need to do as a country to fight this virus together? It doesn’t care how healthy you are. It doesn’t care if you want to go to Fire Island. It doesn’t care if you are tired of wearing a mask. Reign. It. In. https://t.co/sae9sLQYv1

— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) July 6, 2020

The Nick Cordero story is so sad and makes it even more infuriating how so many people don't take coronavirus seriously. https://t.co/Qlfc6xc0Lk

— Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black (@Travon) July 6, 2020

Comedian Travon Free added: "The Nick Cordero story is so sad and makes it even more infuriating how so many people don't take coronavirus seriously."

Horror. Love to the Cordero family. Please wear a mask. It has the power to prevent unspeakable suffering and sorrow. Rest In Peace Nick Cordero. https://t.co/GvGAuRaTGV

— Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) July 6, 2020

This one got to me. My wife and I have been following the progression of Cordero's illness over the many weeks of suffering for him and for his family, including a leg amputation. I urge everyone who says this disease is nothing to step back and think. https://t.co/dpSuIoxAxh

— John Schwartz (@jswatz) July 6, 2020

Get Out actor Bradley Whitford also expressed his heartbreak, tweeting: "Horror. Love to the Cordero family. Please wear a mask. It has the power to prevent unspeakable suffering and sorrow. Rest In Peace Nick Cordero."

Journalist John Schwartz tweeted: "This one got to me. My wife and I have been following the progression of Cordero's illness over the many weeks of suffering for him and for his family, including a leg amputation. I urge everyone who says this disease is nothing to step back and think."