Kelly Ripa showed her support to Anderson Cooper and honored his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, in an Instagram post.
Anderson Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, quietly passed away, surrounded by friends and family. The grieving news anchor quickly received comfort and support from his celebrity friends, including Kelly Ripa, who posted a tribute to the late fashion icon.
“Gloria Vanderbilt. A true lady and pioneer who lived life to its fullest. I will miss you and everything about you. May you Rest in Peace Gloria…… you deserve it,” she wrote.
Ripa’s post included a photo with Cooper and the late fashion icon standing side by side. Fans and friends quickly commented, calling Vanderbilt “an inspirational woman.”
Andy Cohen, a good friend of Cooper, also paid his respects to Vanderbilt on Instagram, referring to her as an “amazing woman who lived a life filled with incredible peaks and impossible obstacles.” The “Bravo” star also pointed out that Cooper’s giggle came from his mom.
Vanderbilt passed away on Monday morning at the age of 95. Earlier this month, she was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer. In a statement, Cooper was able to describe his mother, who he grew up close to.
"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms," Cooper said. "She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend.”
Cooper’s late mother hails from one of the most wealthy families in American history, yet Cooper was told at an early age that their family fortune would not be inherited by him. He was raised to stand on his own and make his own fortune, which worked and he is ever so grateful for.
”I’m glad I never had that expectation hanging over me or that safety net to fall back on. I always thought, ‘I’m on my own, and that’s the way it should be,” he said.