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Whoopi Goldberg Once Opened up about Her Only Brother's Death

Bettina Dizon
May 16, 2019
07:55 A.M.

Whoopi Goldberg talked about her brother, Clyde’s, death describing him as “the funny one in the family,” and revealing how she coped with her loss.


If there is one thing in the world that is certain, it is everybody’s fate in life -- death. There is no escape from the sad reality that immortality is only in books and movies, and mourning someone’s passing is something we wish we never have to endure.

“The View’s” co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, went through the pain of losing a loved one, not once, but twice with her single mother and her only brother. The “Sister Act” star revealed how she coped with such pain during an episode of “The View.”



Clyde is Goldberg’s only younger brother who was raised by their mother, Emma Johnson, alone. They lived in a house in New York and grew up under the care of their mother who used to teach and nurse to be able to provide for them. Clyde sometimes works as his sister’s driver on film sets.


The tragic incident happened on May 13, 2015, when Goldberg had to go to California to see her only sibling one last time. Shortly after, Clyde died of a brain aneurysm.

Five years before her brother’s passing, Goldberg lost her mother after suffering from a severe stroke.


The television host was away from the ABC morning show, “The View’” for a week, and only confirmed the reason to be her brother’s passing, after she returned.

“My brother, Clyde Johnson, was an amazing cat,” Goldberg said on the show. “He was the funny one in the family.”

Goldberg revealed that she sought help from a sanctuary in LA, which was referred to by a friend, and treated her without pity at the loss of her brother. They only gave respect until she learned to replace the mourning of her brother’s death with a celebration of his life.



Five years before her brother’s passing, Goldberg lost her mother after suffering from a severe stroke. She relied on Clyde after this, as well as support from friends and fans, to be alright, yet life had different plans.

However, there is still happiness in the actress’ life, starting with her great-granddaughter, Charli Rose, who looks just like her grandmother, having curly hair as well.

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