Stars including Ariana Grande, Zach Braff and the cast of musical Waitress have paid tribute to Nick Cordero today.
The Broadway star died at the age of 41 on Sunday morning after spending more than 90 days in hospital battling complications of the coronavirus, which saw him develop pneumonia and undergo a leg amputation.
His devastated wife Amanda Kloots, who shares a one-year-old son with Nick, took to Instagram last night to break the news to fans.
Following the announcement, stars across the entertainment industry have been flooding social media with tributes to the much-loved star.
Ariana Grande said “I am so sad. Rest in peace Nick,” as she shared a photo of the actor with her brother Frankie who had been a good friend of his.
She followed this up with a photo of Nick cuddling his son Elvis.
While Frankie Grande posted a photo of him with Nick and said his ‘heart was broken over the loss.’
“He was taken too soon. He deserved more time to be here with his family and more time to continue to share the gift of his life with the world,” mourned the star.
Another of Nick’s close friends Zach Braff posted his own tear-jerking tribute.
He revealed that Nick had asked him to take care of his wife and son before he died.
“Nick Cordero passed at 11:40am today with his wife and mother by his side. I have honestly never known a kinder person. But Covid doesn’t care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness in your heart,” said the Scrubs star.
“The last thing he ever texted me was to look out for his wife and one year old son, Elvis. I promise the world they will never want for anything.
“I feel so incredibly grateful I got to have Nick Cordero enter my life Rest In Peace. Rest in Power,’ he finished.
Zach’s girlfriend Florence Pugh also shared a video of them watching Nick perform on stage in April last year.
Sara Bareilles, who wrote the music and lyrics for Broadway musical Waitress in which Nick starred as Earl in the original cast, also shared her own tribute.
The 40-year-old wrote: “Broken hearted and sending love to Nick’s family.
“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.”
Nick also appeared in other Broadway productions including Rock of Ages and Bullets Over Broadway, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination.
Hilary Duff posted her own tribute to Instagram and said she’d been praying for Nick’s family throughout their ordeal.
The singer and actress also praised his Amanda for remaining positive throughout her 90 days in Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre.
Academy ward winning actress Viola Davis penned her tribute and revealed her thought’s were with Nicks one-year-old son.
“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.”
Actor Alec Baldwin uploaded a video to his Instagram page as he processed the ‘terrible’ news.
“I just found out about Nick Cordero and I just wanted to send out my deepest sympathies, thoughts and so forth to his wife and his family and his kid. What a shame,’ he said to his followers.
“41-years-old, my God. When I was 41-years-old, I had a little kid, my daughter Ireland, she was three then,’ he recalled.
“Very sad for his wife, Amanda, for their family, and friends, and so forth. Just terrible.”
Nick Cordero 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.
His Amanda documented his battle in a number of Instagram posts but in her latest message to fans sadly revealed that Nick had lost fight.
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, everyday.”
Amanda continued: “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.”