Gloria Vanderbilt Giggles With Anderson Cooper in Hospital Bed Before Death

Playing Anderson Cooper’s Voice Cracks During Tribute to Mom, Gloria Vanderbilt

With a lump in his throat, CNN's Anderson Cooper delivered a touching eulogy for his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. 

Vanderbilt died Monday morning at the age of 95 with her friends and family by her side. She had been battling advanced stomach cancer

"Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman who loved life and lived it on her own terms," said Cooper. "She was a painter, a writer and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife and friend."

He added: "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."

Cooper's obituary included touching footage showing mother and son laughing together during her final days.

Vanderbilt became known to the world as the "poor little rich girl" after she inherited a multimillion-dollar trust when her father died when she was just a year old. 

She was also famously at the center of a custody battle between her mother and her paternal aunt that ended with the aunt taking custody of Vanderbilt.

As she grew into an adult, Vanderbilt created a reputation of her own as an actress and a fashion icon, launching her own jean label. 

More recently, she appeared in a documentary alongside her son Cooper, "Nothing Left Unsaid." 

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