Jeanne Cooper
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Sad passing.

Updated May 8:

It is with great regret and sadness that 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, 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: