Amanda Kloots honors late husband Nick Cordero on the one-year anniversary of Broadway star’s COVID death

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A year ago, beloved Broadway star Nick Cordero succumbed to coronavirus, one of the highest-profile COVID deaths in the city at the time.

On Monday, his widow, “The Talk” co-host Amanda Kloots, paid homage to his spirit and what they had shared, in a poignant Instagram post.

“Today hurts, there is no other way around it,” the 39-year-old Kloots wrote. “One year ago you left us and became our angel in heaven. You were surrounded by so much love and Led Zeppelin playing on Spotify – no doubt that was your doing, not mine. What happened was unthinkable, losing you was my biggest fear. I used to tell you all the time, ‘Don’t you dare go anywhere. If I lost you, I don’t know what I’d do.’ "

Cordero died last July 5 at age 41 after a grueling months-long battle that included multiple lung infections, sepsis and blood clots that necessitated a leg amputation. Most of his 90-day hospital stay was spent on a ventilator and, if he had survived, he would have needed a lung transplant.

His battle kept his fans on tenterhooks, and Kloots kept everyone updated as he fought for his life at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where the couple had recently moved.

Her tribute on Monday included a video of songs and a montage of their life together. The pair met in 2014 as fellow castmates in “Bullets Over Broadway,” for which Cordero earned a Tony nomination. Cordero left a son, Elvis, who is now 2.

“There hasn’t been a day this year where you weren’t missed, thought about and talked about,” Kloots wrote. “Thank you for being our guardian angel, for sending me signs, for being my DJ in heaven. I know you’re just 2 inches away. We only had a few short years together, but they were filled with so much love, laughter, adventure, dreams, change and growth. It was my ‘Nick era,’ and I’ll have it forever.”

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