Nick Cordero, a musical theater actor whose intimidating peak and easy attraction introduced him a collection of tough-guy roles on Broadway, died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart in Los Angeles. He was 41.
“My darling husband passed away this morning,” she wrote. “He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
She didn’t cite a trigger, however he had been hospitalized for 3 months after contracting the coronavirus.
Mr. Cordero’s massive break got here in 2014, when he performed Cheech, a gangster with a keenness for theater and a expertise for faucet who was the spotlight of a musical adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway.” The position gained him a Tony nomination.
“Mr. Cordero never pushes for effect, even when he’s leading a homicidal dance number to ‘’Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness if I Do,’” the critic Ben Brantley wrote in his New York Instances overview. “And somehow, this dopey, mass-murdering thug and the actor playing him stand out as being far more endearingly earnest than anybody else.”
“The terrific Mr. Cordero radiates a cool charisma that mixes a surface geniality with shrugging ruthlessness,” the critic Charles Isherwood wrote of “A Bronx Tale” in The Instances.
Mr. Cordero fell in poor health on March 20 with what was initially recognized as pneumonia and later as Covid-19, Ms. Kloots mentioned in a collection of Instagram posts.
For weeks, he was saved alive with intensive remedy, together with using a ventilator, dialysis and a specialised heart-lung bypass machine; he endured temporary coronary heart stoppage, minor coronary heart assaults and sepsis, Ms. Kloots mentioned, in addition to the leg amputation and a tracheotomy.
As he remained unresponsive, she started every day enjoying a tune that he had written, “Live Your Life,” and inspiring others to take action as properly.
Many individuals joined in on-line, sharing movies of themselves singing and dancing as they tried to encourage his restoration with the hashtag #WakeUpNick. Alumni of musicals together with “Waitress,” “Good Vibrations” and “Rock of Ages” recorded on-line performances for him, as did a gaggle of musicians led by Constantine Maroulis and Steven Van Zandt.
“We sang it to him today, holding his hands,” Ms. Kloots mentioned in her Instagram submit saying his loss of life. She mentioned that as she sang the phrases “They’ll give you hell but don’t you let them kill your light/Not without a fight” from the tune’s closing verse, “I smiled because he definitely put up a fight. I will love you forever and always my sweet man.”
The actor Zach Braff, in whose guesthouse Ms. Kloots has been residing along with her household whereas Mr. Cordero was hospitalized, mentioned on Twitter: “I have never met a kinder human being. Don’t believe that Covid only claims the elderly and infirm.” Mr. Braff, Mr. Cordero’s co-star in “Bullets Over Broadway,” added, “I am so grateful for the time we had.”
Ms. Kloots’s frequent updates on Instagram, interspersed with brief video clips from well-wishers, periodically had encouraging information; on April 24, Ms. Kloots mentioned that Mr. Cordero had two adverse Covid-19 assessments.
“We think the virus is out of his system, and now we’re just dealing with recovery and getting his body back from all the repercussions of the virus,” she mentioned. And on Could 12, she mentioned he had woken up after the prolonged medically induced coma.
However he continued to battle a lung an infection, and by Could 20 she informed her followers that “unfortunately things are going a little downhill at the moment” and requested for prayers.
In current weeks, he had been in a position to reply to some communication together with his eyes however remained motionless, in keeping with his spouse.
Nicholas Eduardo Alberto Cordero was born on Sept. 17, 1978, in Hamilton, Ontario. His mother and father had been each lecturers — his father, Eduardo, was initially from Costa Rica, and his mom, Lesley, from Ontario.
A drama child who carried out regularly as an adolescent in reveals at college and native theaters, he attended Ryerson College in Toronto to check performing however dropped out to affix a band referred to as Love Methodology.
His skilled performing profession started with “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” in Toronto, adopted by a two-year stint engaged on cruise ships.
“Mr. Cordero morphs convincingly from supernerd to slime-dripping hulk, retaining traces of geekery that glimmer appealingly from under the neon-green gunk,” Mr. Isherwood wrote.
After a interval of unemployment, he was forged within the nationwide tour of “Rock of Ages,” after which in 2012 he joined the Broadway forged of that long-running present; one other stretch of joblessness prompted him to contemplate a profession in actual property.
However then he landed his breakout position in “Bullets Over Broadway.” It was additionally there that he met Ms. Kloots, who was a dancer within the ensemble.
In Los Angeles this 12 months, he returned to a well-recognized present reconceived for a brand new setting, showing in a bar-based model of “Rock of Ages,” staged in a nightclub.
In a 2014 interview, he mirrored on the problem of discovering his approach into the roles coming his approach.
“The producer kept telling me, ‘Get tough. Get mean. Get angry,’ ” he mentioned. “But I’m a nice guy. I’m Canadian.”