A fundraiser for late Broadway star Nick Cordero, who died over the weekend from complications related to COVID-19, raised nearly $ 1 million in support of his surviving relatives, wife Amanda Kloots and their one-year-old son Elvis .
From Monday evening a GoFundMe collection page for Cordero, who died in Los Angeles, California on Sunday at the age of 41, had collected a total of $ 916,571 to help pay for medical and funeral expenses.
The amount should be a small measure of 38-year-old Kloots, as her late husband was detained in a hospital in the LA area for 94 days before succumbing to his illness.
In memoriam: A fundraiser for late Broadway star Nick Cordero, who died over the weekend from complications related to COVID-19, raised nearly $ 1 million; Nick saw here last December
In one of her latest social media updates before Nick passed away, the always outspoken Amanda revealed that she intended to refinance her home to ‘pay bills’ as she took off in connection with his long-term hospital stay.
But now, as famous friends from Zach Braff and Florence Pugh to Katherine McPhee and Lin-Manuel Miranda have posted touching tributes to Nick on social media, it seems fans and friends affected by this tragedy have come forward to Amanda support to donate everything they can in Nick’s memory.
“We are devastated to update this account to a memorial,” the GoFundMe page, created on April 18, now reads.
Monday night: The GoFundMe collection page for Cordero, who died Sunday at the age of 41, had collected a total of $ 916,571 to help pay for medical and funeral expenses
Cordero entered the hospital because of his coronavirus infection, almost a month earlier, on March 31.
Nick was unconscious when he was first admitted to hospital and was initially diagnosed with pneumonia.
The waitress later tested positive for the new coronavirus on April 1.
From there, Nick’s struggle went from one complication to another as he was placed on a ventilator and had blood clot problems that eventually led to his right leg amputation.
He also received a temporary pacemaker and entered a medically induced coma.
Too soon over: Cordero entered the hospital on March 31 because of his coronavirus infection; Nick seen here with wife Amanda Kloots and son Elvis seen in August 2019
“We are heartbroken to update this account to a memorial,” the GoFundMe page, which was created on April 18, now says; Nick seen on his wife’s Instagram in an undated photo
In recent months, Nick was able to get off the ventilator and wake up from his coma, but the infection made his body and lungs so weak that he was never fully able to bounce back.
Despite all this, his wife Amanda remained a beacon of positivity, keeping her Instagram followers informed of his quitting and starting progress every step of the way.
Since Nick was a Tony Award nominated musician, many of Kloots’ updates and expressions of support on social media were infused with song and dance.
And while the GoFundMe campaign was initially intended to raise a $ 400,000 target for medical expenses, that amount more than doubled from one day after the actor’s tragic death on Sunday, July 5.
Despite it all: Nick’s wife Amanda remained a beacon of positivity, keeping her Instagram followers informed of his quitting and starting progress every step of the way
Cordero’s death was announced by his wife on Sunday in a heartbreaking post on Instagram.
“God now has another angel in heaven. My dear husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded by love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth, “she wrote.
“I’m in disbelief and in pain everywhere. My heart is broken because I can’t imagine a life without him. Nick was such a bright light. ‘
Kloots explained that Cordero was ‘everyone’s friend, liked to listen, helped and most of all talk’ and that he was ‘an incredible actor and musician’.
“He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him every day in everything we do, “said Kloots.
She then thanked the medical team helping her husband through his tumultuous months-long health struggle.
Tragically: Cordero’s death was announced by his wife on Sunday in a heartbreaking post on Instagram; seen together in June 2017
For Nick’s extraordinary doctor, Dr. David Ng, you were my positive doctor! Not many doctors like you. Friendly, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or to call another doctor for a second opinion. You are a rough diamond. ⠀
“I can’t thank everyone enough for the flow of love, support and help we’ve received over the past 95 days. You have no idea how much you brightened my mind every day at 3 p.m. while the world sang Nicks song, Live Your Life. We sang it to him today while holding his hands.
“While I sang the last line for him,” they will give you hell, but don’t light them, don’t kill your light without a fight. Live your life, ”I smiled because he was definitely fighting. I will love you forever and always my dear husband, ‘Kloots concluded.
Tearful Goodbye: Amanda took to Instagram after Nick’s death to sing his song Live Your Life again