Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper who played Katherine Chancellor for nearly 40 years has died.
Cooper died Wednesday morning in her sleep at the age of 84. Her son actor Corbin Bernsen announced the news on Facebook.
“My mother passed away this morning just a short time ago, peaceful with my sister by her side, in her sleep. I was going to visit this afternoon, thought I had time. Reminder to self – time is a precious thing. I too am at peace however. I said my goodbyes several times over during the last few weeks. …I’ll go one last time now for a gentle kiss a final farewell for this lifetime.”
Bersen added, “She has been a blaze her entire life, that beacon, that boxer I spoke of earlier. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision… won! And while her light finally gave into the wind that gives flight to all our journeys, there will always be a glimmer left behind by what she stood for. I will speak about that more in coming days, months I suppose. I will certainly dedicate what remains of my life to continue her purpose of honesty, equality, humility, empathy and love. So many of you have said your prayers for her and right now, today, I can say the best way to honor her is to inhabit your lives with those things she stood for.”
Bernsen tweeted on April 12 that his mother faced an “uphill battle” for an undisclosed illness. In subsequent days he wrote of her gradual improvement and said that she’d been taken off breathing equipment.
Cooper, born in the California in 1928, began her professional career with the 1953 film “The Redhead from Wyoming” starring Maureen O’Hara. Other film credits include 1968′s “The Boston Strangler” with Tony Curtis and 1967′s “Tony Rome” with Frank Sinatra.
But her role on “The Young and the Restless” made her a TV star for nearly 40 years. Cooper has three children, Corbin, Caren and Collin, and eight grandchildren.
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