Anderson Cooper delivers emotional obituary for mother, Gloria Vanderbilt

Laura Galvan

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper narrated a touching eulogy during "Anderson Cooper 360" honoring his late mother, Gloria Vanderbilt who passed away on Monday at the age of 95. 

The video showcases images of Gloria throughout the end of her life in a hospital bed laughing alongside her son.

"I never knew we had the same giggle," Cooper said during the emotional footage.


“Her private self, her real self — that was more fascinating and more lovely than anything she showed the public,” Cooper said in the segment. “I always thought of her as a visitor from another world, a traveler stranded here who’d come from a distant star that’d burned out long ago. I always felt it was my job to protect her."

“What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary mom. And what an incredible woman,” he said ending of the tribute.

Cooper also released a statement about his mother's death.

“Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” Cooper said in a statement. “She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife and friend ... She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you: She was the youngest person they knew – the coolest and most modern.”