Heritage

Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper Share Moving Instagram Tributes to Carter Cooper

"Carter is close and alive within me, as he was from the beginning, and as he always will be," Vanderbilt wrote on the 30th anniversary of her son's death.
IMAGE GETTY IMAGES/ SUSAN WOOD/GETTY IMAGES
Comments

Carter Cooper took his own life on July 22, 1988. Thirty years later, Vanderbilt and Cooper's brother, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper shared vintage photographs and emotional tributes to the loved one they lost too early.

"Thirty years ago today, before my eyes, I lost Carter Cooper," the 94-year-old Vanderbilt wrote on Instagram Sunday. "My son. My life. My hope. In the years since, his brother, my beloved Anderson, has been by my side, giving me love and strength. Carter is close and alive within me, as he was from the beginning, and as he always will be."

Carter leapt to his death from the 14th floor penthouse that belonged to Vanderbilt. She was there at the time it happened. Vanderbilt, who spoke to Town & Country last year about her meteoric rise on the social-media platform, also discussed losing her son in the 2016 HBO documentary Nothing Left Unsaid: "I thought the worst thing that had ever happened to me was when I was 9," she said, referring to the famously bitter battle over her custody between her aunt, Gertrude, and Gloria's young mother. "But that wasn't the worst. The worst is to lose a child."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


Gloria Vanderbilt and her two sons, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper (1965 - 1988) and Anderson Cooper, walk along a sidewalk in New York City in March 1976.

The heiress and fashion designer's relationship with Anderson Cooper is a focus of the documentary, and after its premiere, mother and son released their co-written book The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Anderson Cooper has previously written about his brother's death, and he says the pain has not lessened. 

"30 years ago today, my brother, Carter Cooper, died by suicide. He was 23 years old. I miss him, and think about him every day," he wrote on Instagram. "The shock of his death is as painful today as it was thirty years ago."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

Comments
About The Author
Sam Dangremond
View Other Articles From Sam Dangremond
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
 
Share
Your spouse may not know you’re cheating, but the florist, hotel concierge, and the Maître D' definitely do. What’s giving you away?
 
Share
The Al Thani family has amassed over 400 pieces, from Mughal emeralds to Golconda diamonds.
 
Share
DVF has spent more than four decades on the front lines of fashion. Now she’s bringing her granddaughter, Talita, into the family business.
 
Share
Welcome to Osteria Daniele, a sophisticated new restaurant specializing in high-end Italian fare.
 
Share
It’s everything you can expect and more from the World’s Best Airport.
 
Share
Get ready for beach season with these breezy button downs.
 
Share
The event took place in St George's Chapel-the venue for Eugenie's royal wedding this past fall.
 
Share
The 97-year-old royal was involved in a serious car accident earlier this year.
 
Share
The custom jewels were a gift from Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US