R.I.P. Jeanne Cooper (October 25, 1928 – May 8, 2013)

John Paschal/JPI Studios
John Paschal/JPI Studios

It is with great sadness to report that (Katherine Chancellor, “”) has died. The 84-year old actress, who has been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks, died this morning in her hospital bed with her daughter by her side.

“Mom passed this morning. She was in peace and without fear. U all have been incredible in your love. In her name share it 2 day with others,” said Cooper’s son, , in a message posted on his Twitter page just a short time ago. He later added a longer message to his followers on Facebook (see below).

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!

– Corbin Bernsen


  • Samantha

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all she was a remarkable Actress , I loved watching her on Young and the restless. It wont be the same without her, she will be sadly missed by her fans.

  • Bex

    She fought for so long, and have left her mark on this world. She will truly be missed.

  • cathy

    Thoughts and prayers for the family

  • Sally

    Rest in peace Katherine. My thoughts and prayer to the family. She will truly be missed.

  • Catherine will be missed in life and on Y&R she was truly a pioneer in the Soap Opera world…. I send prayers to her family … hugzs

  • How very sad! Prayers for the family.

  • My prayers goes out to the family R.I.P. beautiful lady .:(

  • LadyWillis

    I loved you for so many years on Y&R. YOU will truly be missed, praying for peace and guidance for your family. You have served your duties here on earth…Now you may REST IN ENTURNITY in Heaven.

  • HI. So sorry about your loss. Y&R will never be the same without her. She really did make the show. She will definitely be missed by everyone who not only worked with her but those of us who watched her on the show. R.I.P. Jeanne Cooper. You deserve it.

  • my deepest symapthy goes out to you corbin and your sister.may your mom rest in peace until you see each other in heavn.

  • Philip

    My deepest sympathy goes out to her family. I was heartbroken for them when I read Corbin’s statement on Facebook earlier. She was a great lady. She played a great character. She will definitely be missed. Y&R lost it’s only connection to it’s beginning. The heart of the show is gone, and I am afraid it will never be the same.

  • So sorry on the passing of your mother,,we all feel your loss,she was an incredible women Y and R will not be the same and there will be no replacing her.

  • Judy Ramirez

    I,m so so sad for the loss of all who loved and honored Jeanne Cooper,my son just passed in Jan and all I can say he got to meet her first I always wanted to meet her someday,and I will,see you on the other side Joshua A Nye And Jeanne Cooper

  • K.Rychel

    watched her for over 40 years on Y & R…will miss her!

  • flower girl

    Corbin and family, may you find the love and grace that your Mother carried with her through this lifetime. She was a lovely lady that will be missed by many.



  • captainqb

    Forever the Grande Damme of daytime. Jeanne you will be missed always. Your wonderful family will be in our hearts and prayers. A light goes out in daytime today.

  • M. Burnett

    Young and the Restless was my mother’s and my favorite show for years. If we went somewhere, we would always tape the show. My mother died May 30th, 2011. She is now up there with “Mrs. Chancellor””. I know that God is taking care of them.

  • B Warhop

    Mrs C was my moms favorite & mom died Jan 24. Maybe now they will meet. RIP we will miss u. No one could take your place!

  • LovMyGrndkds

    I feel like i lost a long time friend mrs C… We will all miss you REST IN PEACE…