Gloria Vanderbilt – mother of CNN host Anderson Cooper and scion of the celebrated ‘gilded age’ family – dies at the age of 95
- Vanderbilt died on Monday at her home, her son Anderson Cooper confirmed
- She was 95 and was ‘ready to go’ when she died, surrounded by loved ones
- Cooper gave a touching tribute to his mother in an emotional obituary package
- It aired on Monday on his CNN colleagues’ morning show and left them in tears
- Vanderbilt had four children and was married four times between 1941 and 1978
Gloria Vanderbilt, the iconic New York socialite, has died at the age of 95.
Tributes to the socialite were led by her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Monday.
‘She was ready. She was ready to go,’ Cooper said. He added that she was surrounded by ‘beauty and friends when it was time.’
She died at home on Monday morning, the ‘way she wanted’, her son said.
Gloria Vanderbilt, the New York socialite and Anderson Cooper’s mother, has died age 95
Cooper shared a video of his mother laughing in a hospital bed as part of his touching obituary on Monday
‘What an extraordinary life.
What an extraordinary mom and what an incredible woman,’ Cooper said through tears during an emotional obituary package which aired on CNN on Monday a little after 10am.
Cooper said that over the last few weeks, every time he left his mother he told her that he loved her.
‘She said, “I love you too. You know that.” And she was right. I’ve known it from the moment I was born and I’ll know it for the rest of my life,’ he said.
Vanderbilt had four children from two husbands. She was married four times between 1941 and 1978.
She was the daughter of Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt.