Anderson Cooper Reunites With Long Lost Half Brother Who Disappeared 38 Years Ago
The journalist and his mom Gloria Vanderbilt are said to be in regular contact.
Anderson Cooper has reunited with his long-lost half-brother, who disappeared 38 years ago following a family dispute.
Anderson’s mom had her son Christopher Stokowski with conductor Leopold Stokowski. In 1978, Christopher abandoned the family when Gloria’s therapist became overly involved in his love life. It was around the same time that Anderson’s father, Wyatt Cooper, died during heart surgery. Anderson was 10-years-old and left devastated by losing both his father and his brother.
Christopher’s former fiancée April Sandmeyer said that Anderson “adored” his brother, and with the release of Anderson and Gloria’s documentary “Nothing Left Unsaid,” last April, Christopher got in touch with the family.
Reports say that both Anderson and Gloria have seen Christopher on a regular basis since he was in touch.
Anderson was was honored on Tuesday at the Hope for Depression Research Foundation Luncheon in New York, and spoke about his brother Carter Cooper’s suicide when Anderson was 21.
“He jumped off a balcony at my mother’s apartment building, in front of my mother, when she was begging him not to . . . Suicide is something that we don’t speak much about, and unfortunately there is still that stigma and shame surrounding [it]. That motivated me to go out in those early years and . . . to seek out people who were struggling to survive was because I was suffering myself, and I wasn’t sure how I would survive.”
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