Anderson Cooper Bids Farewell to Late Mother Gloria Vanderbilt Ahead of Her Burial
CNN reporter Anderson Cooper was recently spotted overseeing funeral preparations for Gloria Vanderbuilt, and was joined by ex-boyfriends Ben Maisaini and Julio Recio.
The grieving son saw his mother's coffin being taken from an Upper Easter Side funeral home and loaded into a hearse ahead of the burial service.
It has been reported that the late 95-year-old fashion icon will be buried alongside her fourth husband, Wyatt Cooper, and son Carter Vanderbilt in Staten Island.
THE LAST ONE STANDING
With his mother's death on Monday, June 17, Cooper lost the last close relative he had, after losing his father to an open-heart surgery in 1978 and his brother to suicide in 1988.
Vanderbilt's sons from her second marriage, Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski and Christopher Stokowski, were nowhere to be found and it is unclear whether they will attend the funeral service.
Stanislaus, or Stan, as he is commonly known as, had a very close relationship with his mother, but the same couldn't be said for Christopher, who had been estranged for more than 40 years.
COOPER AND VANDERBILT'S SHARED GRIEF
During the HBO documentary "Nothing Left Unsaid," Vanderbilt and Cooper were seen visiting the plot where Carter was buried after jumping off a balcony in Manhattan.
At the time, Cooper was only 21 years old and Carter's death was devastating for him and his mother, who will now be able to rest alongside her son.
REMEMBERING THE FASHION ICON
Cooper, now 52, honored to his mother through social media, saying that Vanderbuilt believed in love more than anyone, and that love was her guide and solace.
“'I love you, you know that,' she would say to me, and I did, I knew it from the moment I was born, and I will know it till the moment I die. It was her greatest gift to me."
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In the end, after all else is stripped away, there is only love. My mom believed in love more than anyone. It was her guide, her solace, it’s what drove her, and in her final moments, it is what surrounded her. “i love you, you know that,” she would say to me, and i did, i knew it from the moment i was born, and i will know it till the moment i die. It was her greatest gift to me.
THE SUPPORT OF A LONGTIME FRIEND
Despite the painful moment that Cooper is going through, he has people who care about him by his side, and good friend Andy Cohen is one of them.
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Gloria Vanderbilt was an amazing woman who lived a life filled with incredible peaks and impossible obstacles. Through it all she remained eternally optimistic with a wicked sense of humor. In fact, Anderson’s iconic and infectious giggle comes from his mom. Sending Anderson all my love, and may she Rest In Peace.
The television host has offered his support to Cooper and paid tribute to Vanderbuilt with a heartfelt Instagram post, where he noted that his friend got his "iconic and infections giggle" from his mother.