ZACK Braff has shared a heartbreaking final text from Broadway star Nick Cordero asking him to look out for his wife and one-year-old son.
Cordero died aged 41 on Sunday after 91 days in hospital battling complications stemming from coronavirus.
Originally from Canada, he was known for starring in 2014 hit musical Bullets Over Broadway, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination, and numerous other films and TV roles.
He is survived by wife Amanda Kloots, who he married in 2017, and son Elvis, born in June of last year.
Former Scrubs actor Braff, who starred alongside Cordero in the Broadway show, took to Instagram last night to pay tribute to his friend.
“Nick Cordero passed at 11:40am today with his wife and mother by his side,” he wrote.
“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.
“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.”
‘WHAT A LOSS, WHAT A LIGHT’
Cordero was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 symptoms in late March and ultimately placed on a ventilator.
He was later treated with dialysis, and in mid-April had to have his right leg removed after his conditions worsened.
He also suffered lung damage and was for a time in a medically-induced coma.
His death has sparked an outpouring of other tributes from across the world of entertainment.
Fellow Broadway star and Hamilton playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted: “Devastating.
“What a loss, what a light. Whole heart with Amanda and his family tonight.”
Doubt actress Viola Davis wrote: “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…”