Scrubs star Zach Braff has spoken of his heartbreak as his friend and fellow actor Nick Cordero remains critically ill with Covid-19.

In a powerful interview as part of the The Hollywood Reporter's How I'm Living Now series, Braff began by talking about his friend.

"I'm very close to this because one of my best friends in the world, Nick Cordero, and his wife and baby have been living in my guest house for seven months as they were house-shopping in LA to make the move out here," he said. 

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"Nick's a big Broadway star and Amanda [Kloots], his wife, is a trainer and they fell in love with LA. So, they went home to pack up their things and he got Covid-19 when they did that, and he has it worse than anyone I've heard of who hasn't passed away. 

"He's 41 and he's unconscious at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center] - he's on a ventilator, he's lost his leg due to complications, and every day we don't know what will happen." 

"So, his wife and baby are living in my guest house and thank God they've been joined by her amazing brother and sister who are taking care of her and helping her with the baby," Braff continued. "And we help them in any way we can, too. We obviously stay social distanced from them, but we bring them food and wine and flowers. And then there's this amazing community around them: you can look online and see the hashtag, #WakeUpNick, and there's a GoFundMe [for Nick Cordero's medical expenses]. 

"My point is that most people are lucky enough to not have this land in their backyard and also I think a lot of people are still under the impression that this is only really dire for seniors, but I'm here to tell you that a very, very healthy 41-year-old friend of mine is fighting for his life."

Paying tribute to Nick Cordero's wife Amanda Kloots, Braff said: "She's amazing. She's a motivational trainer, so she's gone into full-on, bad-ass crisis dealing mode. If you look at her Instagram, she tells stories about him and she motivates other people - she's literally trying to motivate other people. 

"In addition to being an actor and a musical theatre star, Nick is also a songwriter, so she has people singing [his song, Live Your Life]. The Waitress company [the musical Nick Cordero starred in], including Sara Bareilles, posted a video of them singing it. I could cry talking about it. 

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"He's a very beloved man, one of the kindest people you'll ever meet, and he was on Blue Bloods, too, so all of these different communities that he's touched are coming together. Every day at 3:00pm she does this thing where she plays his song and people all over the world play it, too. It's all very, very moving. And my neighbourhood has rallied around her as well. There's just a non-stop stream of people dropping things off. And he was in Rock of Ages, the show that they were doing out here, and his Rock of Ages cast literally takes turns taking the baby on stroller walks."

When asked for "the best advice you've given or received about staying sane right now", Braff replied: "Just gratitude - gratitude, gratitude, gratitude. Other than my tragically ill friend, I have no right to bemoan anything: I have food, I have a house and I have loved ones who are OK."

He concluded by appealing to people to support Nick Cordero and his family.  

"I can assure people that no matter what happens that that woman and her child will never want for anything - I'll make sure that they're taken care of. But I think a lot of people, including my parents, wanted a gesture and anyone who is interested in a gesture - because in any scenario they're going to need a lot of help - there is a GoFundMe page."