Nick Cordero has died at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles after losing a long battle with coronavirus, aged 41. The Broadway star had spent 91 days in the hospital as he fought Covid-19 and complications brought on by the virus.
Nick's wife, Amanda Kloots, has documented his fight for survival in a number of Instagram posts but she has posted the sad news that her husband passed away on Sunday morning.
Sharing a black and white photo of the award winning stage actor, Amanda captioned it with a lengthy tribute to Nick and the medical staff that had fought to keep him alive.
She wrote: "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, every day."
Amanda continued: "To Nick’s 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."
She added: "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."
Priscilla Presley led tributes to the actor, tweeting: "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."
He had struggled to fight complications brought on by Covid-19 and Amanda had revealed previously that he needed to be resuscitated after an infection ravaged his body. He also had an issue with blood flow to the lower part of his body, which led to doctors having to amputate his right leg.
Last week, Amanda told CBS This Morning's Gayle King that her husband would likely need a double lung transplant if he pulled through.
She said: "We think that that is most likely the possibility, 99 percent chance that he would be needing that in order to live the kind of life that I know my husband would want to live. That is a long road away."
"They told me four times he won't survive, saying he won't survive through the night. But he has. He has.
"I believe, Gayle, that God is the only person that's going to decide when and if my husband goes. So I will never try to play that role. He's fighting, I see it every day. Nick's doctor sees it and as long as he's in there and fighting, I'll continue to fight with him."
Nick was known for numerous roles in Broadway musicals such as Bullets Over Broadway, Rock of Ages, Waitress and A Bronx Tale. He also made the occasional TV appearances in shows such as Blue Bloods and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Nick leaves behind his Amanda and their one-year-old son Elvis.