Anderson Cooper is fondly remembering his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who died Monday at the age of 95.
The CNN journalist shared a slideshow of photos of his mother over the years, as well as one where he’s presumably holding her hand shortly before her death.
“In the end, after all else is stripped away, there’s only love,” he wrote. “My mother believed in love more than anyone. It was her guide, her solace, it’s what drove her, and in her final moments, it’s what surrounded her. ‘I love you, you know that,’ she would say to me, and I did, I knew it from the moment I was born, and I will know it until the moment I die. It was her greatest gift to me.”
On Monday, Cooper revealed on CNN his mother died after having been diagnosed with stomach cancer earlier this month. A socialite, painter and actress, Vanderbilt was additionally well-known for her romantic relationships, including those with Frank Sinatra and director Sidney Lumet. She would marry four times in her life. In the early Eighties, her brand of tight-fitting jeans became a fashion staple for many.
Vanderbilt had four sons. She witnessed one of her younger sons, Carter, take his own life when he was just 23 years old.
“Love is what she believed in more than anything,” Cooper said on CNN, prefacing his comments on Instagram.
“Gloria Vanderbilt was a rare woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms,” he said in a statement. “She was a painter, a writer, and designer however also a noteworthy mother, wife, and friend. She was 95 years old, however ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern.”