It’s a sad day, soap fans. Jeanne Cooper, who ruled the roost on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” for nearly 40 years, passed away on Wednesday (May 8), after intermittent hospitalization for an undisclosed illness since April.
Cooper’s son, actor Corbin Bernsen, shared the news of his mother’s passing on Twitter, saying, ‘She was in peace and without fear. You all have been incredible in your love. In her name, share it today with others.”
The 84-year-old actress, who portrayed grand dame Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap, was first admitted to the hospital on April 12 in critical condition, though details surrounding her illness were never disclosed.
On Friday, May 3, Bernsen updated fans on his mother’s condition via Facebook: “I said goodbye to her yesterday, and even then not fully meaning it or expecting that would be the last time I saw her. But now it will have to do as we enter this weekend letting her final voyage begin…. I don’t want her in pain. I don’t want her in fear or agony…. So I’m giving her this weekend — take the holiday, Mom, make it yours, let it take you where it will. My final words to her last night were, ‘I’ll see you again.’ And I will, either here or there.”
Throughout her illustrious career, Cooper received 10 Daytime Emmy nominations, winning once in 2008 after earning a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. She also garnered two Primetime Emmy noms, including one for her portrayal of Bernsen’s mother on “L.A. Law.”
Cooper is survived by her three children, Corbin, Colin and Caren.