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"Anderson Cooper"Anderson Cooper has shed his tears before the camera while recalling the day his brother Carter has committed suicide. On Monday, 19 September, in the episode of ‘Anderson’, the CNN anchor had fought back tears when hearing his mother Gloria Vanderbilt recalled the day his brother took his own life. When Gloria was asked whether she still think about that day, she replied that all the time she still run through it and there was a moment when he did not jump.

The 87-year-old mother also said that Carter was sitting on the wall 13 floors up, on the balcony with one foot on there and one foot hanging down and kept looking down. She kept begging him and then he went like an athlete and hung over the wall. She continued that she shouted saying ‘Carter, come back’, but he couldn’t make it and then she thought of jumping after him. She told that she then thought of Anderson and it stopped her from doing that.

Gloria said that there is a word ‘closure’ that everyone speak so much today but there is never closure on something that happens like that. Cooper told her that when he hears the people using the word, it is like a TV word. Gloria told that we never get over it but we learn to live with it. He then told that she has survived so many things and this custody battle when she was 10-years-old, the loss of her father, when she was an infant, the loss of Carter, her husband, his father and many others.

Anderson continued that it has not made her tough but hardened her and she is still open to experience and open to new loss and to new heartbreak and to new love. Ending the interview, Cooper invited Judy Collins to sing ‘Amazing Grace’ which is the song she sang at Carter’s funeral. The suicide was committed by Carter at the age of 23 in 1988. He jumped to his death from 14th floor terrace of their family’s New York penthouse apartment.

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