A fundraiser for the late Broadway star Nick Cordero, who passed away last weekend due to complications related to Covid-19, has raised close to $1 million in support of his surviving family members, wife Amanda Kloots and their one-year-old son Elvis.
A GoFundMe fundraiser page for Cordero, who died aged 41 in Los Angeles, California, had amassed a total $916,571 to help pay for medical and funeral expenses.
The sum should come as a small measure of solace for Kloots, 38, since her late husband was bound to an LA-area hospital for an astounding 94 days before succumbing to his illness.
In one of her last updates on social media before Nick passed, the ever-candid Amanda revealed she was planning to refinance her home to ‘pay bills’ as they mounted in connection to his prolonged hospital stay.
But now, as famous friends from Zach Braff and Florence Pugh to Katherine McPhee and Lin-Manuel Miranda have posted moving tributes to Nick on social media, it seems that fans and friends touched by this tragedy have come forth in support of Amanda to donate whatever they can in Nick’s memory.
‘We are heartbroken to update this account to a memorial,’ the GoFundMe page, which was created on April 18th, now reads.
Cordero entered the hospital due to his coronavirus infection almost a month prior, on March 31st.
Nick was unconscious when he was first hospitalized, and he was initially mis-diagnosed with pneumonia.
The Waitress star later tested positive for the novel coronavirus, on April 1st.
From there Nick’s battle went from one complication to the next, as he was placed on a ventilator and experienced blood clot issues which eventually led to the amputation of his right leg.
He also received a temporary pacemaker, and entered a medically-induced coma.
Over the last few months, Nick was able to come off the ventilator and wake up from his coma, but the infection left his body and lungs so weak that he was never fully able to bounce back.
In spite of it all, his wife Amanda remained a beacon of positivity, keeping her Instagram followers informed of his stop-and-start progress every step of the way.
As Nick was a Tony Award-nominated musical theater performer, many of the updates and shows of support on Kloots’s social media were infused with song and dance.
And while the GoFundMe campaign was initially intended to raise a goal amount of $400,000 to help with medical expenses, that sum has more than doubled as of one day after the actor’s tragic death on Sunday, July 5th.
Cordero’s death was announced by his wife in a heartbreaking post on Instagram last Sunday.