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Grieving widow of Broadway star slams Donald Trump

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The grieving widow of Broadway actor Nick Cordero has launched an emotional attack on Donald Trump.

The grieving widow of a Broadway actor killed by COVID-19 has launched an emotional attack on Donald Trump.

Amanda Kloots cried "have you no empathy" after the US president told Americans not to let the virus dominate their lives.

Kloots' husband, Nick Cordero, a Tony Award-winner, lost a 95-day battle with coronavirus in July, aged 41. 

Amanda Kloots shuts down Donald Trump's response to coronavirus.President Donald Trump walks out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre to return to the White House.

He had a one-year-old son, Elvis, with Kloots.

An upbeat Mr Trump returned to the White House yesterday after being treated in a military hospital following his positive test for COVID-19.

He said he was feeling better than he had been in 20 years and urged people not to be afraid of the disease - even though it has now taken 210,000 American lives and 7.5 million are infected.


Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots

Kloots, 38, a fitness influencer who worked as a dancer on Broadway, was appalled.

"We saw what the disease can do," she said in a video message posted to Instagram.

"Not everybody is able to walk out of the hospital after two days.

"So guess what: we are afraid, we still are. I still am.

"If I got it, little Elvis would be without a mum. I am afraid.

"Dominate your life? Nick didn't let it dominate his life, it wasn't a choice.

"It dominated our families' lives for 95 days, and because he didn't make it, it will forever affect my life.

"It's beyond hurtful.

"Have empathy, why are you bragging? Have empathy - you are our leader.

"Have empathy to the people who are suffering and grieving.

"It's not fair. I'm happy you got over it, thank God you did, but not everybody did."

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Kloots and Cordero, originally from Canada, met on the set of Bullets Over Broadway, the 2014 play for which he won a Tony.

He was admitted to hospital on March 30 after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

During his long, doomed battle, he was placed on a ventilator, had to have his right leg amputated and needed a tracheotomy because of major lung damage.

He lost his fight, surrounded by family, in LA's Cedars-Sinai Hospital on July 5.

Source: 9News

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