A somber Anderson Cooper paid his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, his final respects Tuesday in NYC.
The CNN anchor looked on as pallbearers loaded his legendary mother’s casket into the hearse before she was laid to rest at a private family cemetery in Staten Island. The plan had been set in motion — as she and Anderson revealed in the HBO documentary “Nothing Left Unsaid” — for her to be buried with her husband, Wyatt Cooper, and next to her son, Carter Cooper, who died in 1988 at the age of 23.
As we reported … the heiress to the Vanderbilt railroad fortune and creator of the insanely popular Vanderbilt jeans died Monday after battling stomach cancer. It was so advanced, she had been taken to the hospital earlier this month.
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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.
Anderson penned a touching tribute to his mother on Instagram not long after the funeral … saying her love was the greatest gift to him. Gloria Vanderbilt was 95.