The outpouring of grief and love for veteran Broadway star Nick Cordero opened up on Sunday (July 5) after the 41-year-old singer/actor died following a three-month battle with COVID-19. The death of the beloved star of Rock of Ages, Waitress and A Bronx Tale was announced by his wife, Amanda Kloots, who had been chronicling her husband’s struggle with the disease, which included the amputation of his right leg and the loss of more than 60 pounds during his battle.
Among those paying homage to the Tony nominee was good friend Zack Braff, who wrote simply, “Nick Cordero fought as hard as he could for 90 days. Wear a mask. F–k Covid,” adding, “I can honestly tell you I have never met a kinder human being.” Josh Gad said, “my heart is broken. Along with the entire Broadway community and the entire world, I mourn the loss of the incredible Nick Cordero and send my sincerest love and prayers to @amandakloots, Elvis and entire family.”
Cordero was also honored by singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, who wrote the music and lyrics to the Broadway Waitress musical, who said, “Broken hearted and sending love to Nick’s family. He was light. Kind and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh.” Ben Platt had a simple message for anyone else mourning the performer he called a “kind talent and person,” writing “Wear a f*cking mask.”
Many others paid tribute as well, including Hillary Duff, Bernadette Peters, Frankie Grande, Eliza Skinner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Darren Criss and many more. Check out some of their posts below.
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He was light. Kind and gentle. Talented and humble. Funny and friendly. The best laugh. Sending so much love to the love warrior @amandakloots and little Elvis, and an immense hug to any one who is feeling the loss of this giant heart. Rest In Peace dear Nick. We love you. ❤️#sugarbutterfamily
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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
My heart is broken. I feel ill. Along with the entire Broadway community and the entire world, I mourn the loss of the incredible Nick Cordero and send my sincerest love and prayers to @amandakloots , Elvis & and entire family. RIP Nick. https://t.co/uBhjbrGfJE
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 6, 2020
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
RIP Nick Cordero
Sending love to Amanda and Elvis
— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) July 6, 2020
— Anika Noni Rose (@AnikaNoniRose) July 6, 2020
We are so sad to loose our friend and Bronx Tale family member. He fought this virus with all his might. Our love and prayers to Nick’s wife Amanda and his son Elvis. #RIP dear #NickCordero and keep everyone dancing! https://t.co/7O94hLgBRn
— jane rosenthal (@janetribeca) July 6, 2020
RIP Nick Cordero! My condolences to you Amanda who fought and loved so hard….so sorry for his little one. My heart is with you. May flights of angels…..❤❤❤ https://t.co/nRE3AmS0A2
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) July 6, 2020
Nick was a one of a kind talent and person. I am sending as much love as humanely possible to his family. Wear a f*cking mask. https://t.co/dKTAjBv0uu
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) July 6, 2020
my is broken over the loss of my friend Nick Cordero. As soon as I met him I knew God placed him in my life for a reason: He showed me such love, leadership through kindness, strength during difficult times, a true appreciation of life no matter what… https://t.co/0JzrKsKto1 pic.twitter.com/dLYxdmp4vz
— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) July 6, 2020
— Jenna Ushkowitz (@JennaUshkowitz) July 6, 2020
Rest in Power Nick Cordero. Such sad news. U fought so hard and are so loved. Prayers to your family and friends.
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) July 6, 2020
My heart is with Amanda Kloots and her whole family. They fought so hard for so long. This is just incredibly devastating. Rest In Peace Nick Cordero.
— Sarah Jeffery (@sarahjeffery) July 6, 2020
My heart is so heavy hearing about the passing of Nick Cordero. What an amazing soul with incredible talent. Broadway and @RockOfAgesHwood family has taken a huge loss. My prayers go out to his family. He will be truly missed. #RIPNickCordero
— Deniece Williams (@NiecyOfficial) July 6, 2020
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
Oh no, this is so sad. I really loved Nick Cordero in Toxic Avenger The Musical. He was able to play a notably silly part so well that it grabbed me & stuck with me for over a decade. Please – COVID-19 is real and it can tear your body apart. Wear a mask. https://t.co/FGgft6ipx5
— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) July 6, 2020