Anderson Cooper paid tribute to his late brother Carter Cooper with a sweet childhood picture on Instagram.
Carter committed suicide at 23 in 1988, and Anderson, 50, has always been open about missing him and about suicide awareness. Saturday was the 29th anniversary of Carter’s death.
“My brother Carter Cooper,” Anderson captioned it. “Jan 27, 1965 – July 22, 1988. Hard to believe it has been 29 years. He remains in my heart, golden and true.”
Carter was found dead in his mother Gloria Vanderbilt‘s 14th floor Manhattan apartment. Anderson and his mom described the loss in their joint memoir, The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son Talk About Life, Love, and Loss.
“I started going overseas and going to places where life and death was very real and where people were suffering tremendous losses. Hearing their stories and hearing people talk about it sort of helped me to get to a place where I could talk about it, I think,” Anderson told People of his career choice to be an international journalist.“I think it’s hard for me to imagine,” Anderson said. “It’s stunning for me to think of how long ago it was that he died, that I’ve lived more of my life without him than I lived with him. That’s incomprehensible to me. He’s forever frozen in time.”
“When we were growing up, I used to imagine us being adults and being closer when we were adults and having families and kind of getting to know each other in a new way, and we never had that opportunity.”
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