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    Y&R's Jeanne Cooper Passes Away At 84.

    Wednesday, May 08 2013

    Sad passing.

    Updated May 8:

    It is with great regret and sadness that Soaps.com must report that Jeanne Cooper has passed away. Her son, Corbin Bernsen, posted 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. 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."

    Jeanne Cooper entertained so many for so long, most especially in her iconic role as Katherine Chancellor on "Y&R." She also raised an amazing family, which, in Jeanne Cooper's last interview with Soaps.com, she said was the accomplishment she was most proud of in her life. We send out our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones at this time.

    Updated May 5:

    The family of Jeanne Cooper took to social media today to address false rumors of her passing. Apparently a tweet by a former co-star with misinformation fueled the rumor. Other "Y&R" cast members and the family took to social media to say that not only was Cooper not deceased, she was actually doing slightly better. Jeanne Cooper's family posted a statement on Facebook, as well as this tweet:




    Updated May 4:

    The latest update from Jeanne Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen, is heartbreaking, as he comes to terms with the realities of his mother's situation. He posted:

    "Clearly from my messages you all must realize the situation, and that what I had hoped and prayed for - more time - may just end up being the brief moments I had with mom earlier this week. I asked God for time, I got it and tried to fill it with as much love and laughter as I possibly could. Sitting in a movie tonight, mildly distracted from it all, I got a call from my brother and he said we have to stop being unfair. She's struggling too much. We have to let her go. I took it in, calmly, and walked back into the theater, finished the movie - Darn good Iron Man 3. I then went back to my hotel room, where I am now and broke down, conceding any fight I had left. I don't want her in pain. I don't want her in fear. I don't want her in agony. And Jeanne Cooper, Katherine Chancellor, Wilma Jeanne is a fighter! She will kick ass as long as we let her but I know now it is only for us, not for her... I said goodbye to her yesterday, and even then not fully meaning it or expecting that would be the last time I saw her. But now it will have to do as we enter this weekend letting her final voyage begin. And I'm good with it, honestly. Enough to be saying it here. You all have been a tremendous ear for me, to verbalize my struggles with all of this... even now with these very words... I am good. I am good. I don't want her in pain. I don't want her in fear or agony. Along with her tremendous success she's had too much of all that in her lifetime. And she's shared much of it with all of you, candidly. So I'm giving her this weekend, take the holiday, mom, make it yours, let it take you where it will. My final words to her last night were, "I'll see you again." And I will, either here or there. Prayers please for her safe and peaceful journey."

    Updated May 2:

    Unfortunately, there is more unsettling news from Jeanne Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen. He shared on Facebook:

    "Purgatory. Best way I can describe an indescribable day. Waiting... with swings toward the Peace of Heaven and the Fires of Hell and everything in between. And choices. Choices I never wanted to be faced with. Highs and Lows. At one point mom "left the building" - yes, she was gone, only to come back through the front door, kicking and screaming. A Doctor remarked, "I've been in this situation a thousand times before and have never seen this!" The fighter is out of her corner, amazing us all. Okay, enough with descriptive BS... Long story short, rough, rough day. She's back to square one. I don't want to disclose at this point the specific 'illness' though I'm sure many of you are curious. But I don't want a thousand comments about that. Not at this point. In time I will share it all. Just know that she is back in critical condition and needs your continued prayers."

    Updated May 1:

    Soaps.com is saddened to report that Jeanne Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen, is reporting a setback in her health today on Facebook. He posted:

    "An abundance of prayers needed this morning, mom has been taken back to hospital. Not sure what to pray for at this point or what we even want for her. I know in my heart there is more for her to do in this world, but I also know there is a season for all things. I want more than anything comfort for her. I want her to have peace. This is that tricky place where you start to weigh all things, not what we need to do, actions to take, but instead open ourselves for enlightenment as to what God has planned for her and ultimately what is best for her. She's a fighter and I know she'll continue that. But when you're boxer is in the corner, bruised and bloodied from battle and demands to keep going, what do you do? I'm saying my prayers this morning, asking for guidance. Again, not reporting "the end" here, just that tricky place at the precipice and those moments requiring deepest reflection."

    Updated April 27:

    Jeanne Cooper's family posted some excellent news on Facebook today; "We are overjoyed to announce that Jeanne is to be released from the hospital today. She will still need some time to regain her strength entirely, but now she will be able to do so in the comfort of her home and she's raring to go! Your love, support, kindness, and prayers have carried us all through the troublesome times and now we can find solace in the love we all share for one another and find our footing and strength together! What a wonderful say to start a weekend! Love to all!"

    Updated April 22:

    More positive news continues to come on Jeanne Cooper through her son Corbin Bernsen, who said on his Facebook page, "My mother adamantly, abundantly and will aggressively try to get back to work. She ain't done with Duchess!" Facebook removed an accompanying photo, but Bernsen shared it again via Twitter:




    Updated on April 19:

    Jeanne is on the mend and out of ICU. Her son, Corbin Bernsen, posted this update on his Facebook:

    "Good news continues for my mom as I believe she is being moved out of ICU to a more 'comfortable' room. I was able to Face Time with her today and I can't tell you how amazing it was to speak to her and hear her voice! Her sense of humor was in tact, the greatest sign of all. I want to take a moment here to express something that - as usual - I'm at a bit of a loss for words for. So much of my reporting to you in the last week has been a sincere effort to convey her status and progress. And with your magnificent, steady prayers she has, day by day, improved. Yet still I feel a bit "guilty," weird. I mean, with all the other suffering going on, it's hard to celebrate this miraculous recovery. Also, about that, her extraordinary recovery... I've looked back over the posts because I wanted to make sure that I have been truthful and accurate. I know for a fact she was in extreme, life threatening danger that was even made more clear to me than perhaps I let on. But then, she did improve, steadily and somewhat defied the extent of the terrible news I was delivering. I want to make sure no one misinterprets this as my "making more of it than it actually was." I can guarantee you that wasn't the case. Her recovery has been nothing short of "miraculous" and very quick considering everything. That will be, if all continues in this fantastic way, the legacy of this... the effect of prayer and the ability for miracles. As always I want to close with making sure I'm accurate once again and letting you know that which I've been told... remain cautiously optimistic. That will most likely last for some time now but in the upcoming days I'll most likely drop it from these posts. I will keep the connection with you both regarding her recovery as well as "what all of this ultimately means" in the bigger picture.

    I also want to take a moment to once again thank the incredible staff at Cedars Sinai hospital who have helped in this miraculous recovery (that involved a lot of non miracle, expertise and kindness.) Also, I haven't mentioned my brother Collin by name, or my sister Caren who have stood by my side, holding me up and shared in your kindness. I love them both and feel closer to them than ever."

    Updated April 17:

    From her Facebook page:

    "From the family of Jeanne Cooper: We are happy to report that Jeanne has made great improvements today and seems to have jumped one of the first of many hurdles. We cannot thank you enough for all of your wishes, prayers, love, and support. They have served as a great source of power for all of us. Thank you. Love to all!"


    Updated April 16:

    Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen, posted this update on his Facebook page this afternoon:

    "Flight back to Florida delayed but allowed time for me to get news of huge improvements with my mom. Breathing apparatus has been removed, she's alert and now we're moving onto underlying issues. (Breathing was secondary but had to be dealt with first) This is truly becoming an extraordinary example of human resilience and the communal power of positive energy. While we are far from done with this - and I've been told to be cautious in my thinking that - the hurdles that have been jumped by my mom, fueled by your prayers and well wishes and love, support so much of what I've come to believe and have been trying to share in the last few years."

    Updated April 16:

    Jeanne Cooper's family posted the following update on her Facebook page:

    "We continue to thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and messages of support. Jeanne continues to improve. There is a long road ahead, but we are very pleased by her progress. Thank you again! Love to all!"

    Updated April 15:

    Soaps.com reached out to Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen for a statement or update on her condition, however, Bernsen posted on his Facebook page that he has "kindly declined" to speak to media at this time. He added, "I hope to share a story of the miraculous abilities of our mind and bodies and how people like all of you can come together for a common cause to affect change - in this case your prayers for my mom's speedy recover - which as I've noted has already helped enormously."

    Bernsen is updating his Facebook and Twitter periodically.

    Original article April 14:

    Legendary actress Jeanne Cooper, (Katherine, "Y&R) has been reported to be in critical condition in ICU at a hospital in Los Angeles California. Cooper, 84, is said to be suffering from an unknown ailment. Friday evening, Cooper's son, actor Corbin Bernson (Father Todd Williams, "Y&R," "L.A. Law") tweeted fans hoping for their prayers.




    Daniel Goddard, (Cane, "Y&R") tweeted to his fans Friday evening that the actress was sedated and in stable condition and Eric Braeden (Victor, "Y&R") also took to Twitter to let fans know, "Just visited Jeanne! She is surrounded by her very loving children, Corbin, Collin and Caren! What a loving family!"

    The head of CBS Daytime, Angelica McDaniel shared this via Twitter: "Our thoughts, prayers and love are with Jeanne Cooper and her family as she rests and recovers."

    Cooper's son gave fans good news via Twitter Sunday:




    Kate Linder (Esther, "Y&R") tweeted with an update moments ago, saying she spoke with Jeanne's daughter Karen. "Her vital signs are good. She is doing much better."

    Soaps.com sends our positive thoughts Cooper's way. We will update our readers when more news becomes available. Please send your support to Jeanne Cooper's Twitter page.




    Updated on April 19:

    Jeanne is on the mend and out of ICU. Her son, Corbin Bernsen, posted this update on his Facebook:

    "Good news continues for my mom as I believe she is being moved out of ICU to a more 'comfortable' room. I was able to Face Time with her today and I can't tell you how amazing it was to speak to her and hear her voice! Her sense of humor was in tact, the greatest sign of all. I want to take a moment here to express something that - as usual - I'm at a bit of a loss for words for. So much of my reporting to you in the last week has been a sincere effort to convey her status and progress. And with your magnificent, steady prayers she has, day by day, improved. Yet still I feel a bit "guilty," weird. I mean, with all the other suffering going on, it's hard to celebrate this miraculous recovery. Also, about that, her extraordinary recovery... I've looked back over the posts because I wanted to make sure that I have been truthful and accurate. I know for a fact she was in extreme, life threatening danger that was even made more clear to me than perhaps I let on. But then, she did improve, steadily and somewhat defied the extent of the terrible news I was delivering. I want to make sure no one misinterprets this as my "making more of it than it actually was." I can guarantee you that wasn't the case. Her recovery has been nothing short of "miraculous" and very quick considering everything. That will be, if all continues in this fantastic way, the legacy of this... the effect of prayer and the ability for miracles. As always I want to close with making sure I'm accurate once again and letting you know that which I've been told... remain cautiously optimistic. That will most likely last for some time now but in the upcoming days I'll most likely drop it from these posts. I will keep the connection with you both regarding her recovery as well as "what all of this ultimately means" in the bigger picture.

    I also want to take a moment to once again thank the incredible staff at Cedars Sinai hospital who have helped in this miraculous recovery (that involved a lot of non miracle, expertise and kindness.) Also, I haven't mentioned my brother Collin by name, or my sister Caren who have stood by my side, holding me up and shared in your kindness. I love them both and feel closer to them than ever."

    Updated April 17:

    From her Facebook page:

    "From the family of Jeanne Cooper: We are happy to report that Jeanne has made great improvements today and seems to have jumped one of the first of many hurdles. We cannot thank you enough for all of your wishes, prayers, love, and support. They have served as a great source of power for all of us. Thank you. Love to all!"


    Updated April 16:

    Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen, posted this update on his Facebook page this afternoon:

    "Flight back to Florida delayed but allowed time for me to get news of huge improvements with my mom. Breathing apparatus has been removed, she's alert and now we're moving onto underlying issues. (Breathing was secondary but had to be dealt with first) This is truly becoming an extraordinary example of human resilience and the communal power of positive energy. While we are far from done with this - and I've been told to be cautious in my thinking that - the hurdles that have been jumped by my mom, fueled by your prayers and well wishes and love, support so much of what I've come to believe and have been trying to share in the last few years."

    Updated April 16:

    Jeanne Cooper's family posted the following update on her Facebook page:

    "We continue to thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and messages of support. Jeanne continues to improve. There is a long road ahead, but we are very pleased by her progress. Thank you again! Love to all!"

    Updated April 15:

    Soaps.com reached out to Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen for a statement or update on her condition, however, Bernsen posted on his Facebook page that he has "kindly declined" to speak to media at this time. He added, "I hope to share a story of the miraculous abilities of our mind and bodies and how people like all of you can come together for a common cause to affect change - in this case your prayers for my mom's speedy recover - which as I've noted has already helped enormously."

    Bernsen is updating his Facebook and Twitter periodically.

    Original article April 14:

    Legendary actress Jeanne Cooper, (Katherine, "Y&R) has been reported to be in critical condition in ICU at a hospital in Los Angeles California. Cooper, 84, is said to be suffering from an unknown ailment. Friday evening, Cooper's son, actor Corbin Bernson (Father Todd Williams, "Y&R," "L.A. Law") tweeted fans hoping for their prayers.




    Daniel Goddard, (Cane, "Y&R") tweeted to his fans Friday evening that the actress was sedated and in stable condition and Eric Braeden (Victor, "Y&R") also took to Twitter to let fans know, "Just visited Jeanne! She is surrounded by her very loving children, Corbin, Collin and Caren! What a loving family!"

    The head of CBS Daytime, Angelica McDaniel shared this via Twitter: "Our thoughts, prayers and love are with Jeanne Cooper and her family as she rests and recovers."

    Cooper's son gave fans good news via Twitter Sunday:




    Kate Linder (Esther, "Y&R") tweeted with an update moments ago, saying she spoke with Jeanne's daughter Karen. "Her vital signs are good. She is doing much better."

    Soaps.com sends our positive thoughts Cooper's way. We will update our readers when more news becomes available. Please send your support to Jeanne Cooper's Twitter page.

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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by Moother at Sunday, April 14 2013 10:45 AM

    I just heard about Jeanne and I am praying for this wonderful lady!! Get well soon!!

    Posted by Rosay at Sunday, April 14 2013 11:12 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with Jeanne and her family...I am a devoted fan and always love the days that Jeanne is on...she a great actresses

    Posted by HeyMon at Sunday, April 14 2013 11:31 AM

    We love you Jeanne!

    Posted by JMELYNNFUL at Sunday, April 14 2013 11:59 AM

    PRAYING FOE JEAN A SPEEDY RECOVERY AMEN

    Posted by loiuse at Sunday, April 14 2013 12:10 PM

    God speed Mrs. Cooper Lord please heal her body, keep angels around her for the devil is a lier, & has no place here, Lord please do it for me right now, keep the faith & remember PRAYER CHANGES THINGS, you are in my prayers always, been my favorite actress from the beginning,take care & I love you, God knows best & he want leave you alone he's always there.

    Posted by Coonfoot at Sunday, April 14 2013 12:44 PM

    I'm so glad she is better today. Jeanne we love you and are keeping you in our hearts and prayers!

    Posted by thumper 1963 at Sunday, April 14 2013 01:09 PM

    great well mrs.cooper.I ENJOY WATCHING ON THE Y@R.I AM A BIG FAN OF YOURS.

    Posted by Bluewhale at Sunday, April 14 2013 01:12 PM

    My prayers go out to Mrs. Cooper and her family. May you have a speedy recovery.

    Posted by fancy nancy at Sunday, April 14 2013 01:19 PM

    I would like to wish Jeanne a speedy recovery
    I enjoy watching her on y&r eveyday.

    I would like to send my prayers to the family.

    Posted by NanaLB at Sunday, April 14 2013 03:26 PM

    My prayer goes out to her ... please get well & speedy recovery. I am deaf and Love watch this show for pretty long time. Take care !!

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