December 21, 2020
Nick Cordero received a special tribute from "Blue Bloods," as the show dedicated their most recent episode to the late actor who bravely fought the novel coronavirus for months.
"Blue Bloods" remembered the late actor Nick Cordero, who briefly made an appearance on the police drama, as they dedicated the episode broadcast on December 18 in his honor.
Cordero's fight against the novel coronavirus left him hospitalized and in the ICU for months as he battled one setback after another when testing positive for the respiratory disease.
The actor's wife, Amanda Kloots, documented Cordero's setbacks, including mini-strokes, sepsis infections, and the amputation of his right leg, all the while looking after their toddler son, Elvis.
In "Blue Bloods," Cordero briefly appeared as Victor Lugo, but fans might also recall his roles in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," or "Going in Style," in 2017 alongside Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
"Any time one of the three Victor Lugo episodes comes on, it makes me a little sad but mostly makes me smile and remember him fondly."
Cordero, who notably starred in the musical "Bullets Over Broadway," was 41 when he passed from complications due to the novel coronavirus on July 5, leaving behind his family, wife, and 1-year-old son, Elvis.
Kloots, who recently became a new host on "The Talk," since urged people to take COVID-19 seriously while her own heartbreak is still raw from the devastating effects the disease can have.
ALWAYS WITH HER
As Christmas approaches it will be the first one Kloots will spend without Cordero. But she is grateful to have a special part of her husband with her in their son Elvis, who she says takes very much after Cordero.
"Anytime I'm sad, he brightens my mood in two seconds. He looks at me with his big smile and his little teeth, and I'm instantly transported into a different mood," Kloots recently shared.
While fans of the police drama loved the tribute to Nick Cordero, many didn't take to the return of Whoopi Goldberg to reprise her role as New York City council speaker, Regina Thomas.
While some fans thought Goldberg delivered a powerful performance during season 11's premiere, others expressed their hopes that she won't become a permanent member of the cast.