Amanda Kloots on Why She Shared Nick Cordero's COVID-19 Battle on Social Media

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The fitness instructor and former Broadway dancer opened up about how she plans to honor her husband's memory.

Amanda Kloots opened up about the last moments of Broadway star Nick Cordero's life, and how she plans to use the funds from her late husband's GoFundMe to honor his memory in a new interview with The New York Times.

Kloots recounted some of the final ups and downs of Cordero's months-long hospitalization, including the unexpected turn his health took after his condition seemed to be improving.

"He was getting better," Kloots told The Times. "They were almost going to take him off the vent. And then he got a terrible infection in his lungs and his fever spiked, his blood pressure dropped, his heart stopped and he died for two minutes, and that was the start of the spiral down. It just felt like he could never catch a break."

The fitness instructor described Cordero's ordeal as "not fair" but said that she believed the hospital had handled her husband's care well. "But it was a different time, and Nick just got trapped," she said of his treatment experience. "I think it would be different if he went to the hospital now."

Cordero, who had just moved to Los Angeles with his family in the fall of 2019, became a high profile example of the pandemic's impact during his more than 90 days in the hospital. The Broadway actor first became sick back in March following a trip to New York City and died on July 5. The attention around his fight with coronavirus was due in part to the Tony nominee's name recognition within the Broadway community but also Kloots' decision to share his story through various social media channels.

The former Broadway dancer explained that her decision to chronicle her husband's journey, which resulted in him going on a dialysis machine and having a leg amputated, was the result of both wanting the public to see how serious the coronavirus is and to avoid having to live a lie.

"Nick was sick and in our home for a good week, and I wasn’t saying anything," Kloots said. "And then when he went into the hospital, I thought it was important to share: My husband, who is 41 and has no pre-existing conditions, is now in the ICU after just being tired. Also, my business was online, and I was trying to make money for our family, and I thought if I don’t go public, I’ll be living a lie."

While Kloots said many others have asked whether the experience of documenting Cordero's battle with COVID-19 was "exhausting" or "awful," she described it as "the exact opposite." Detailing her husband's journey resulted in a swell of support for Cordero's recovery from co-stars, friends, fans and strangers, including a daily virtual rendition of the Cordero-written song, "Live Your Life."

"The Waitress crew put together that beautiful rendition of "Live Your Life." The whole cast of A Bronx Tale would get together and lead prayers. And Bullets Over Broadway — I mean, we were living in Zach's guesthouse. And as Nick got sick, he’s like, 'Don't you even think about going anywhere else. I got ya.'"

"I only received help and positivity and prayers and community," Kloots continued. "Cedars-Sinai would deliver boxes filled with things from people all over the world. I would stand over him, and I would read card after card."

During that time, Kloots was able to raise more than $1 million dollars through a GoFundMe campaign. She says that money has helped pay for medical bills, in addition to possibly funding a project in her husband's memory.

"Thanks to that money, I’ve been able to basically make a little separate living quarters in our house for my family to come and help me through this transition," she said. "And I’d also love to take a chunk of that money to help me start an idea that I want to do for Nick."