Nick Cordero died on Sunday at 41 after spending 95 days in the hospital fighting coronavirus complications

By Ale Russian
July 08, 2020 08:00 AM
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Amanda Kloots is mourning the death of her husband Nick Cordero, who died from COVID-19 complications after more than 90 days in the hospital. He was 41.

"My husband was a very special man," Kloots, an actress and fitness entrepreneur, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "He was everyone’s friend. We taught each other things, challenging each other to grow. We loved to sing and dance wherever we were. Just looking at him doing the simplest things would bring a smile to my face."

She adds, "As a husband I don’t think a day went by that he didn’t say to me, ‘I’m the luckiest.’ Words can’t describe how much I will miss him, his presence, his voice. I’m heartbroken."

Cordero is survived by Kloots, 38, whom he wed in September 2017, and their 1-year-old son Elvis Eduardo.

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Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots, son Elvis
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Kloots and Cordero met while working on the 2014 musical Bullets Over Broadway, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

"We were friends first and then fell in love," she wrote of her relationship with Cordero on Instagram. "We got married in NYC in 2017 and had Elvis two years later."

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Less than a year after Elvis was born, Cordero fell sick and was first admitted to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in late March for what was initially believed to be pneumonia. He was then diagnosed with COVID-19 and experienced a number of complications, including lung infections and septic shock. Amid the actor's hospitalization, he also had his right leg amputated and received a temporary pacemaker for his heart.

Kloots' love for her husband turned into a constant fight for him and his life. She took a special involvement in his care and researched different types of treatment all while hosting daily dance parties on social media with fans and family to send the actor some positivity.

In the end, Kloots announced her husband's death on the platform that drew thousands to his fight, mourning the life they had together.

"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," she wrote.

In support of Cordero's family, a GoFundMe page was created to raise funds for his medical bills.

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