Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper’s Mother, Dies at 95

Gloria Vanderbilt, the fashion designer, actress, philanthropist, and author, passed away at 95 after losing the battle to stomach cancer.

According to her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Gloria died at her home surrounded by close friends and family. He announced the sad news on the channel in a 7-minute obituary.

Anderson pointed out that, earlier this month, Gloria was taken to the hospital and, once there, doctors learned that she had “very advanced cancer in her stomach” and that it had spread.

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms. She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend,” Anderson said during the statement.

One of the aspects most remarkable of her young life was that her father, who was the heir to a railroad fortune, passed away when she was only a baby, and Gloria was involved in an intense custody battle between her mother and her aunt.

Gloria, born in 1924, was married four times and had four children. During her life, she turned herself to arts and designed everything from china to linen, being her glamorous skinny blue jeans the most memorable thing she did.

She is survived by three sons, including Anderson, and grandchildren.

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