The video, made by Kloots’ sister Anna, features a montage of photographs and clips during the time Cordero battled ongoing complications in hospital, which stemmed from his diagnosis of COVID-19. The video was titled The Silver Linings.
“How do you get through the hardest time in your life? Family,” Kloots wrote via Instagram on Monday, July 6 (US time.) “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.”
The video documents some of the ways that the Kloots’ family supported the personal trainer over the past three months while Cordero battled the coronavirus and the ongoing medical complications. Vision includes numerous family photos and home videos, many of which show the couple’s only child, one-year-old Elvis, growing up.
“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,” Kloots wrote. “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.”
Meanwhile, fans and friends have donated more than US$850,000 (approx. $1.2 million) to a crowdfunding page for Cordero titled “Support Amanda Kloots Nick Cordero & Elvis” that will go towards aiding his Kloots and infant son, Elvis.
“We are heartbroken to update this account to a memorial,” the page now reads, which was created in April.
The fundraiser was originally made to raise US$400,000 (approx. $574,000), for help with the medical bills and financial hardships. As of Tuesday, July 7, donations stand at US$873,044, more than double the initial goal.
The fitness guru announced on Sunday, July 5 (US time), that her husband lost his battle with COVID-19 that morning while surrounded by family.
“I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday.”
Kloots praised her husband’s “extraordinary” doctor, Dr. David Ng, for his hand in assisting Cordero as he battled multiple health complications over the last few months.
“To Nick’s extraordinary doctor, Dr. David Ng, you were my positive doctor! There are not many doctors like you. Kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion,” she said.
Since being admitted to hospital in late March, Cordero spent weeks in intensive care where he was put into a medically induced coma, had his right leg amputated, was given a temporary pacemaker, lost more than 60lbs(29kg), and was preparing for the possibility of a double lung transplant.
Since the tragic news, many stars including Zach Braff, Sara Bareilles and Hilary Duff, among others, took to social media to pay their respects to the talented performer and share support for Kloots.
“I have honestly never known a kinder person. But COVID-19 doesn’t care about the purity of your soul, or the goodness in your heart,” Braff wrote on Instagram. “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. Rest In Peace. Rest in Power.”
Braff had been hosting Kloots at his guest house as the family coped with Cordero’s devastating health battle.