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Broadway Star Nick Cordero Has Leg Amputated Due To COVID-19 Complications

The "Rock of Ages" actor has been battling the coronavirus for over two weeks.

Broadway actor Nick Cordero is recovering after having his right leg amputated Saturday due to complications from the coronavirus, his wife said in a video posted to Instagram.

Cordero, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 for his performance in “Bullets Over Broadway,” has been battling the virus for more than two weeks. His wife, former Radio City Rockette Amanda Kloots, has been posting updates about his condition on Instagram.

“We got some difficult news yesterday,” Kloots said in an Instagram Story on Saturday. “We’ve had issues in his right leg with clotting and getting blood down his toes. ... They had him on blood thinners for the clotting and, unfortunately, the blood thinners were causing some other issues. ... So the right leg will be amputated today.”

Six hours later, she posted that Cordero was out of surgery.

“I just got a call from the surgeon,” Kloots said. “He made it through the surgery, which is really big because obviously his body is pretty weak. ... Hopefully, he’ll just kind of relax and rest. But good news.”

Cordero, 41, is hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was performing in “Rock of Ages” and living with his wife and 10-month-old son, Elvis. He has been sedated since April 1, Kloots said. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for medical expenses.

“I want to thank you, for anyone who has given anything that they can,” Kloots said in an Instagram post Saturday. “Right now, this is a time when people don’t even have jobs and you’re donating 10, 20 dollars. That’s blowing me away.”

Kloots has asked her followers to pray for her husband and to post videos on social media featuring his 2018 song “Live Your Life” to support him.

“At 6pm tonight when I asked everyone to play Nicks song, Live Your Life, apparently in NYC and in Philadelphia the rain stopped and this beautiful rainbow came out!” she posted on Instagram last week. “It’s a sign. He is going to make it. Thank you again for singing and dancing with Elvis and I! I can’t be in the ICU with him. I can’t hold his hand. I CAN play his song! I CAN sing! I CAN believe!”

Cordero has also appeared on Broadway in “Waitress” and “A Bronx Tale.”


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