The GoFundMe campaign for Nick Cordero’s family is nearing $1 million. As of 5:30pm it was up to $965,000.
Cordero died two days ago at age 41 following a 95 day battle with COVID-19. The Tony nominee for “Bullets Over Broadway” was incredibly talented and popular. His death has become emblematic of the coronavirus. He had no underlying issues and he was young.
He leaves behind his wife, Amanda Kloots, and their 1 year old son, Elvis.
Contributions to the GoFundMe page have come from friends, fans, and stars. Among the latter are Chazz and Gia Palminteri. Nick and Chazz had very close ties. Nick played Chazz’s movie role “Bullets” on stage and then played Chazz in Palmineri’s “A Bronx Tale” on Broadway as well. Tommy Mottola, producer of the show, also donated.
Other stars include Ben Stiller, Alan Mencken, Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin, famed director Susan Stroman, and Alec Baldwin. There are a number of anonymous donations for $10,000, but many, many more from fans and friends in smaller amounts.
In some ways, thinking about it now, Nick was like a new version of Jerry Orbach. He would have Orbach’s career, at least, on Broadway, TV, and in movies. He was already on his way, with Broadway creds like crazy. He was just starting to pick up the TV side of things. His death is a terrible loss for his family, and for all of us.