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Watch: Anderson Cooper Gives Moving Tribute to Late Mom, Gloria Vanderbilt

Friday Jun 21, 2019
Anderson Cooper on CNN.
Anderson Cooper on CNN.  (Source:YouTube Still via CNN)

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper gave a moving tribute to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who died earlier this week at 95 after a battle with cancer.

Cooper returned to the network Thursday and held back tears when honoring his late mom.

"I wanted to take a few moments to thank all of you who've reached out to me about the death of my mom, Gloria Vanderbilt," he said. "Your calls, your texts, and tweets have truly meant a lot.

"My mom would be stunned by all the attention and the kind words written and spoken about her," Cooper continued. "I know this because when I got her to join Instagram when she was like 92 or so she didn't think anyone would actually follow her. 'Why would anyone be interested?' she asked. It wasn't long before she had some 200,000 followers and it tickled her beyond belief."

He went on to say that Vanderbilt learned she had cancer on June 8 and that she lived just a few days longer.

"To be able to spend those nine days and nights with her was a great, great blessing," he said. "They were the most extraordinary days of my life and I'm very grateful. She died Monday shortly after 4 a.m. and though I was holding her hand and her head when she took her last breath, it's still a little hard for me to believe she's gone."

Cooper concluded by recounting one of the last conversations he had with Vanderbilt.

"'You and I, it's a match made in heaven,' she said to me last week," Cooper said on CNN. "'We're a good team,' I told her. We stayed up late that night holding hands and when she got sleepy she said to me, 'What a wonderful night.' And it was. Perhaps our best."

Watch Cooper's tribute below.

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