Zach Braff promises to 'take care' of close friend Nick Cordero's wife Amanda Kloots and son

By Heather Cichowski

Zach Braff has vowed to "take care" of close friend Nick Cordero's wife Amanda Kloots and their one-year-old son Elvis after the Broadway star passed away from complications related to COVID-19 on July 5.

The former Scrubs actor made the promise in an Instagram post paying tribute to Nick. Zach and Nick worked together on Broadway's Bullets Over Broadway. Nick was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the musical production.

"Nick Cordero passed at 11:40am today with his wife and mother by his side," he began the emotional post, which included a black-and-white photo of Amanda and Nick.

"I have honestly never known a kinder person. But Covid doesn’t care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness in your heart," Zach continued. "The last thing he ever texted me was to look out for his wife and one year old son, Elvis.

"I promise the world they will never want for anything. I feel so incredibly grateful I got to have Nick Cordero enter my life."

He ended the post, "Rest In Peace. Rest in Power."

Amanda responded in the comments, writing, "We love you ZB thank you friend."

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Zach shared two more photos of Nick in tribute to the actor. In one photo of Nick and Zach together, he wrote, "He played the tough guy, but he was the kindest teddy bear you’d ever have met."

Amanda Kloots, Nick Cordero and their son Elvis in 2019. Photo: © Noam Galai/Getty Images for Beyond Yoga

On the July 7 episode of his and Scrubs co-star Donald Faison's podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald, the pair paid tribute to their late friend.

Zach clarified how it was the complications related to the coronavirus that led to Nick's health deterioration and that at the time of his passing "he didn't have COVID anymore."

Zach also discussed the difficulty of Amanda and Elvis staying with him at his guest house while Nick was in the hospital in Los Angeles, and how they had to keep their social distance.

The actors are hopeful that people will take the virus seriously and practice safety measures. They also showed their support for Nick's family.

"We're all going to be doing our part to give this child an extraordinary life," Zach said in the podcast to Donald.

"I promise that I'm going to do that for the rest of my life and I want to make him proud... you and I are going to be very involved in his life."

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