Broadway actor Nick Cordero had his right leg amputated due to complications from the novel coronavirus, his wife said on Saturday.
Cordero, a Tony Award-nominated performer who most recently starred in “Rock of Ages” in Hollywood, was recovering at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his wife, Amanda Kloots, said to CNN.
“He made it through the surgery, which is really big because obviously his body is pretty weak,” Kloots shared on Instagram. “Hopefully he’ll just kind of relax and rest.”
The actor was initially admitted to the hospital in March for pneumonia. Soon thereafter, Cordero, 41, tested positive for coronavirus, Kloots said on Instagram. His condition worsened to the point that he had to be sedated in the intensive care unit for 18 days, and has needed help breathing through extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
While he was being treated, Cordero started experiencing clotting issues in his right leg, which prevented blood from getting to his toes. When he was put on blood thinners to address the clotting, his blood pressure was affected and resulted in internal bleeding in his intestines, Kloots said.
Cordero was nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 for his role as Cheech in “Bullets Over Broadway.” He’s also appeared in Broadway productions of “Waitress” and “A Bronx Tale.”