The journalist’s brother committed suicide in 1988
Anderson Cooper pays tribute to his older brother Carter Cooper on the 35th anniversary of his death.
The Emmy-winning journalist, 56, addressed Carter’s memory in an Instagram post on Saturday, marking more than three decades since his suicide in 1988 at age 23.
“It’s 35 years today since my brother, Carter Cooper, passed away,” Anderson captioned his post. “I think of him, and miss him, every day.”
Along with his post, the CNN presenter uploaded three images of his late loved one – one of the two together in matching shirts and two other black-and-white snaps of Carter alone.
In the comments section, Anderson received some love from her colleagues, including CNN commentator Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, who wrote, “These days are so hard. The pain lessens but the absence never goes away.”
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Carter died after jumping from the wall of the terrace of his mother Gloria Vanderbilt’s 14th floor apartment in Manhattan, a decade after the death of his father, Wyatt Emory Cooper.
Anderson told PEOPLE in 2021 how he was still affected by the devastating loss of his brother and how the loss of a loved one “changes the trajectory of your life.”
“It’s inconceivable to me that my brother died in 1988 and I’ve lived more of my life without him than with him. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about what he would do, who he would be, and I still think about his death and wonder about it,” he said at the time.
Anderson also told PEOPLE that “you have to find a way to live in that space of not knowing or not fully understanding.”
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Years earlier, in 2016, Anderson and his mother Gloria Vanderbilt — who died in 2019 — spoke with PEOPLE about how their bond grew stronger after Carter’s death, but the holidays were never the same without him.
“When we were growing up, I used to imagine us being adults and being closer when we were adults and having families and getting to know each other in new ways, and we never had that opportunity,” Anderson explained.
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