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Anderson Cooper talks to mom Gloria Vanderbilt about brother’s suicide (Video)

Anderson Cooper on the set of “Anderson.” (“Anderson.”)

Cooper’s second week followed this trend, beginning with an extremely emotional interview with his mother Gloria Vanderbilt about the suicide of his brother in 1988.

Carter Vanderbilt Cooper jumped from his family’s New York penthouse to his death when he was just 23-years-old. Vanderbilt told her son that she considered jumping after him, but stopped when she thought of Anderson.

“There’s this word closure,” the 87-year-old heiress said. “And there is never closure on something that happens like this.”

“It’s a TV word,” a slightly choked up Cooper added. He then invited his mother’s favorite singer, Judy Collins, to sing “Amazing Grace.”

But, this being “Anderson,” this deeply emotional moment was followed by an appearance from comedian Kathy Griffin — Vanderbilt’s “fantasy daughter.”


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