Actors’ Equity issued a statement Monday mourning the death of actor Nick Cordero.
Cordero passed away July 5 after contracting COVID-19 and spending 95 days in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The 41-year-old actor was known for his leading roles in “Bullets over Broadway,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Waitress.”
His wife, Amanda Kloots, had been chronicling his health battles on Instagram, bringing national attention to Cordero and to potential complications from the coronavirus, even in previously healthy individuals. She announced his death Sunday.
Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association, issued a statement in remembrance of Cordero, while pointing to the importance of wearing a mask to prevent further spread of the virus.
“Our hearts go out to Nick’s wife Amanda and son Elvis, and all of his family and loved ones,” Shindle said. “Nick was an integral part of the theatre community, and his colleagues are losing both a wonderful friend and an amazing talent.”
“If you want to see live theatre, concerts and events again, please wear a mask and follow social distancing practices,” Shindle continued. “Doing so will help make sure no one else has to experience what Nick’s family did these past months and we can go back to work.”
Other members of the Broadway community, including former cast members and friends, took to social media to remember Cordero.
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
To fall under the influence of @iamNickCordero at an impressionable age was the greatest of good fortunes. For to truly know him is to become a profoundly better human being as a result. He should still be here. I miss you and I love you. Always. Rest In Peace, Corderoooooo. pic.twitter.com/oxYdHG8nBW
— Bobby Conte Thornton (@bobby_conte) July 6, 2020
Nick, my sweet friend, we grew up together in Hamilton, onstage & off. Doing shows, getting into trouble. Then grew together again because of NYC, @HelloDavidR & @amandakloots & our Broadway community. You will NEVER be forgotten. You will be loved forever. I feel numb. pic.twitter.com/7UqykVsK77
— Caissie Levy (@CaissieLevy) July 6, 2020
It’s tough to grieve on Twitter but I just wanted people to know in as personal a way as I can that we lost a real artist and a gorgeous gem of a human being. Sending so much love to Elvis and @amandakloots 7/7 pic.twitter.com/jp3pnP0OFn
— Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) July 6, 2020
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