Nick Cordero's wife Amanda Kloots shares emotional videos as she says goodbye after her husband's death

By Zach Harper

Amanda Kloots says she's doing her best to "smile through the tears" after the death of her husband, Canadian Broadway star Nick Cordero, as she took to social media to share several touching and emotional videos of the couple together.

The clips were put together by Amanda's sister, Anna. The first shows Amanda's family rallying around her during the 95 days Nick spent in the hospital.

The 41-year-old was admitted to the ICU with COVID-19 in March and had been on a ventilator since late that month. He lost his battle with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus on July 5. Prior to that, it had been an emotional three months for Amanda, who was with her husband through him being in a medically-induced coma, having a leg amputation and his latest struggles due to the virus.

"I woke up to this video my sister made for me," Amanda wrote on Instagram on July 7, sharing the first clip. "She titled it, The Silver Linings. I have always been lucky to have a family that loves to be together and to support each other. I'm even luckier to have Nick's family and extended family that are the same.

"This video captures these last 95 days. The love, the exhaustion, the bonds, the smiles, the song, the exercise, the hard work, the care, support and most of all love. They did all of this for Nick, Elvis and I – selfless time from their lives to be with us. In times of trauma, look for the silver linings. Spend time with family. Smile through the tears. Have faith when things seem impossible. Love one another."

The second clip featured photos of Amanda with her husband, all taken from 2015 to this year. Highlights included their first few dates, wedding and the birth of their son Elvis, who is now one year old.

"Another video from @annakloots documenting Nick and I from day 1 till now," Amanda wrote. "Nick always said we were completely different people that normally would never be together. We challenged each other and in doing so caused each other to grow and change. We pushed each other's buttons in the best of ways.

"He would always look at me and say, 'I'm the luckiest.' Well, darling, I was the luckiest to get to spend five years with you and to share a son that will always remind me of you."

Nick's hospital stay left the family with extensive medical bills. A GoFundMe has been set up to help Amanda and Elvis in light of his death. At the time of this writing, more than US$900,000 had been raised so far.
"I have a family. I have bills," Amanda said on July 2 as she spoke about how Nick was doing. "I have no idea what Nick's hospital bills are going to be. I haven't even tried to wrap my head around that yet. I have a mortgage. I have a car payment. I have a son that is one years old that I want to send to college one day, or at least give him what I can."
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