It is with great sadness that we have to report that Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has passed away after her recent health struggles. According to son Corbin Bernsen (ex-Father Todd), she died in her sleep. “I was going to visit this afternoon,” he posted to Facebook. “I thought I had time. Reminder to self time is a precious thing. I, too, am at peace, however. I said my good-byes several times over during the last few weeks. I’ll go one last time now for a gentle kiss, a final farewell for this lifetime.”
Cooper’s career spanned stage and screens both big and small, but became best known for the role of Katherine Chancellor on Y&R. Joining the soap in 1973, she received 10 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress over the course of her lengthy career, wining once in 2008. She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 1993. Just last year, Cooper published her memoir, Not Young, Still Restless, chronicling her storied career.
Bernsen thanks fans for their love and support during this difficult time. “I will certainly dedicate what remains of my life to continue her purpose of honesty, equality, humility, empathy and love,” he wrote. “So many of you have said your prayers for her and right now, today, I can say the best way to honor her is to inhabit your lives with those things she stood for.”