On-Air On-Soaps has heartbreaking news this morning. After putting up one hell of a fight, as she always has done with such bravado and passion throughout her life, The Young and the Restless’ Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) has passed away this morning a few hours ago. The news first broke from Corbin Bernsen, Jeanne’s beloved son, who took to facebook and made this statement:
Corbin stated: “Wasn’t sure how I would have to say these words so I opt for simplicity at least to begin…My mother passed away this morning just a short time ago, peaceful with my sister by her side, in her sleep. I was going to visit this afternoon, thought I had time. Reminder to self – time is a precious thing. I too am at peace however. I said my goodbyes 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. She has been a blaze her entire life, that beacon, that boxer I spoke of earlier. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision… won! And while her light finally gave into the wind that gives flight to all our journeys, there will always be a glimmer left behind by what she stood for. I will speak about that more in coming days, months I suppose. I will certainly dedicate what remains of my life to continue her purpose of honesty, equality, humility, empathy and love. 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. I would ask that closer friends respectfully give us some time to find our family’s path in this transition, and please limit calls, emails and the rest for a couple of days. As always, your outpouring of love here on this page, is not only welcomed to continue but truly appreciated and comforting. I asked my sister what time she passed exactly, and she told me (not to important for public record) but I was working out and just happened to pick out a song for my final moments on the treadmill – “Everlasting Light” by the Black Keys. Oh what a wonder it all is… what a magnificence!”
Thus far several of Jeanne’s long time cast mates have taken to social media to share in their grief including, Daniel Goddard (Cane) who tweeted “I am just crushed to hear that #JeanneCooper has passed away. We have lost an icon. She was the grand dame, a beautiful soul who touched the lives of millions. I am honored and so privileged to have been part of her miraculous life… and she will always be in my heart.”
Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) tweeted: “I am deeply saddened by Jeanne’s passing! She had struggled enormously to the very end! She loved her fans, & we all loved working with her! It feels like the end of an era! Everyone here is just deeply saddened! I loved working with her! We always had some laughs! She had a very loving family around her! Corbin and Collin and Caren and their loved ones were always at Jeanne’s side!” Eric’s on-screen son,Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) tweeted: “These hallowed halls will never be the same ”
We will have more throughout the day on the passing of Jeanne Cooper, as we, along with all of you, try to wrap our head around this devastating loss to daytime and for all those she touched and she knew personally.