Amanda Kloots has shared the last family photo she has with her late husband, Broadway actor Nick Cordero and their 2-year-old son Elvis, before he was diagnosed and later died from COVID-19. In an emotional Instagram post, The Talk co-host admitted that she re-lived a day she was dreading earlier this week.

“Our last family photo taken on my birthday last year. Nick started feeling tired on this night so after dinner we went to bed early,” Kloots wrote. “Nick kept telling me that day, ‘next year I’ll give you the best birthday ever.’ It was early quarantine days so we felt lost, unable to do anything. Despite that, I still had a lovely day.”

She continued, “The truth is, this week is very hard and I’m sad. I’ve been dreading it and it’s caught up to me. This isn’t easy for me but I truly believe in honoring the highs and lows in grief. The rollercoaster is full of many including twists and turns. If I’m not honest about them, how do we learn and help each other through this part of life?”

“Life is precious. Time is precious. Health is precious,” Kloots added. “Treasure it all and don’t take it for granted because it’s the best birthday gift you can give yourself and to anyone.”

Cordero died last July at the age of 41 after a long battle with coronavirus.

“God has another angel in heaven now,” Kloots wrote on Instagram at the time, sharing the heartbreaking news of her husband. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, signaling and praying as he gently left this earth.”

Cordero appeared on Broadway in the original companies of Waitress and A Bronx Tale after he received a 2014 Tony nomination for his performance as Cheech in the musical Bullets of Broadway.

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