Gloria Vanderbilt spoke of Carter Cooper, her son. The U.S. heiress and fashion designer said she will never get over the 1988 suicide of the 23-year-old. People.com said Monday that Vanderbilt, 87, talked about Carter's death on the new syndicated talk show of her surviving son Anderson Cooper. During their conversation, Vanderbilt recalled how Carter leaped from the 14th-floor terrace of his family's New York penthouse apartment, UPI.com reported.
"When he went … I thought he was going to come back, but he didn't," People.com quoted Vanderbilt as saying in the interview. "He let go, and there was a moment when I thought I was going to jump over after him. "I thought of you and it stopped me from jumping," Vanderbilt told Cooper. "You never get over it, but you learn to live with it." "The fatal loss stripped me bare," Vanderbilt said in a book that discusses losing Carter, who was a seemingly confident Princeton graduate. Cooper’s second week followed this trend, beginning with an extremely emotional interview with his mother Gloria Vanderbilt about the suicide of his brother in 1988. Carter Vanderbilt Cooper jumped from his family’s New York penthouse to his death when he was just 23-years-old.
Vanderbilt told her son that she considered jumping after him, but stopped when she thought of Anderson. “There’s this word closure,” the 87-year-old heiress said. “And there is never closure on something that happens like this.” “It’s a TV word,” a slightly choked up Cooper added. He then invited his mother’s favorite singer, Judy Collins, to sing “Amazing Grace.” But, this being “Anderson,” this deeply emotional moment was followed by an appearance from comedian Kathy Griffin — Vanderbilt’s “fantasy daughter.”