BREAKING NEWS: The Young and the Restless’ Jeanne Cooper Has Passed Away


The Young and the Restless grande dame and soap opera icon Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has passed away. Her son Corbin Bernsen shared the news with fans on Facebook. Daytime Confidential's thoughts and prayers are with Cooper’s family. Read Bernsen's touching message after the jump.

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  1. Avatar of pferrando
    pferrando

    I appreciate and think Corbin has shown such grace in the way he’s updated the public and Jeanne’s fans during this difficult time.

    We all will miss her so much and the void will be one that can’t be filled for us.

  2. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    That is so sad. RIP Jeanne.

    I don’t know what to say. My thoughts are with her family. I hope they help each other through this.

    The void can’t be filled.

  3. Avatar of harlee490
    harlee490

    Between the tears I’m sort of shell shock, knowing it was possible but not wanting to believe it. Her spirit is looking down and seeing all the love from her family and all love from fans that been with her since the beginning and smiling, waving those diamonds around screaming at Jill, I love you Jeanne for giving me and falling in love with Mrs. Katherine Chancellor 40 years of entertainment, laughter, and tears…may God be with you.

    I got to go watch my clips. :(( :(( :(( :(( :(( :love: 0:)

  4. Avatar of fmat55
    fmat55

    Such a wonderful spirit she had. I was thrilled when she finally won her Emmy. She will be missed. Y&R better have a tribute that is fitting for “the Duchess”. RIP

  5. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    That woman enchanted me since 1991 when I started watching Y&R.
    I got to meet her twice at the Y&R Fan event. One time I told her if I could have had a third grandma I would have wanted it to be her. She was so sweet in her reply.
    How kind of Corbin and Co. to keep us in the loop this whole time about her situation because they know how much she means to all of us.
    What a sad day…

  6. Avatar of MsAgentProvocateur1
    MsAgentProvocateur1

    Eternal Peace in rest to our Duchess of Daytime.

    What can you say of one who has been a part of your life longer than most friends and boyfriends?
    She was a consummate professional, a witty, bawdy wildly entertaining talent and she will be greatly missed. She represented the best and most compelling of drama, not just in the daytime but anytime. I’m glad we have some great memories of her wonderful performances and they are mostly recorded for posterity.

    Still, it is sad to realize that one of Daytime’s Titans no longer walks among us.

    Thanks to Corbin Bernsen’s grace, we at least had time to think about what it might mean to have to say goodbye. To him and his family, I offer deep condolences.

    Rest in peace, Ms. Jeanne Cooper. You will be greatly missed :(

  7. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    So so sad. Condolences to the family and the crew of Y&R who worked with her. They must be devastated. I just dont even believe it. RIP Katherine.

  8. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=Amtronic]Let me be clear — Y&R had better do an entire hour long episode recapping her history on the show. Nothing less.[/quote]

    It would mean having to rob Avery and Dylan an entire hour of airtime. It’s not going to happen.

    For many years, I’ve watched Y&R ONLY for Jill and Katherine. The day I have been dreading for years has finally arrived. ;-( Jill and Kay are no more.

    “This” Y&R simply is not my Y&R. The (new) powers that be have simply changed the show too much and are devoting all their time and energy on characters I really don’t care about one iota. My days as a viewer are drawing to a close. I just have better things to do with that hour.

    Maybe I will hang on if they have a Cane/Jill battle for Chancellor Industries storyline (which they seemed to be setting up last week). But Jess Walton’s basically retired. So….I don’t know how much screen time they would give such a plot unless she actually started to work more.

    I will say this: I hope they explain Katherine’s absence post haste: I don’t want three months of them *talking* to Katherine on the phone or pointing and saying, “oh, you just missed Katherine!” That would be morbid.

    Poor Murphy. He’s gonna be sent on a permanent fishing trip now, LOL. And what about Esther?

  9. Avatar of Ryan-Scott
    Ryan-Scott

    NOW people in cyberland can report on this and it won’t be tasteless like a few days ago per what Corbin had written what was happening which I just find obscene.

  10. Avatar of stefanstavros
    stefanstavros

    I think to appease those of us fans who LOVE the legends of Y&R, they should somehow bring John Abbott back from the dead! Katherine Chancellor is irreplaceable, but it would soften the blow a bit if we got our beloved John back, in my opinion.

  11. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    :(

    Even though I knew this was coming, my stomach turned when I saw this headline.

    Thank You Ms. Cooper, for gracing all of us with your presence for 40 years, as Katherine Chancellor.

    It wasn’t just the show that celebrated this milestone, it was the star behind it. And as I see it, Jeanne and Y&R are aligned now and forever. Both forever linked to each other with bringing enormous success to one another, and to us viewers, and fans all around the world.

    Rest In Peace, Jeanne.

  12. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    I think we should take a moment, let Jeanne Cooper’s fans mourn her before we talk about anything story-related on Y&R. Seriously. She just died a few hours ago and people start laughing-out-loud at the thought of Murphy going fishing on a permanent basis?

    I hope that Y&R does this true legend justice … but anything else. Anything else shouldn’t matter right now and especially not in a comment under an article like that.

  13. Avatar of wcapp
    wcapp

    The Mrs. Jeanne Cooper will be sorely missed. She made Y & R what it is today. She never slept on her watch, that’s for sure. If her character was sick on the show she brought it on. She played her character well.

    I hope they do it well on the show in her memory. She certainly deserves it.

    We love you and will always cherish what you brought to Y & R and to your beloved character Katherine Chancellor…..RIP!!!!

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    Sweet_Thing

    She was from the Golden Age of Television in more ways than one. She will truly be missed but I believe she’s in a better place.

  15. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=soapjunkie88]I think we should take a moment, let Jeanne Cooper’s fans mourn her before we talk about anything story-related on Y&R. Seriously. She just died a few hours ago and people start laughing-out-loud at the thought of Murphy going fishing on a permanent basis?I hope that Y&R does this true legend justice … but anything else. Anything else shouldn’t matter right now and especially not in a comment under an article like that.[/quote]

    How about just flagging my post as offensive instead of admonishing me in front of everyone??

    I didn’t need this today. So…..thanks, for that. :-( :-(

  16. Avatar of SoapArmageddon
    SoapArmageddon

    I first watched a full episode of Y&R in or around 1991. When Jeanne Cooper appeared on screen, I was fascinated. She kept me fascinated throughout the following years.

    This is a huge loss for us Y&R fans and for the industry at large. She’ll be sorely missed.

  17. Avatar of SwanQueen59
    SwanQueen59

    Thank you Duchess. For me, you will always be regarded as the soul and conscience of Y&R. I will miss your talent, your professionalism, your wit. Mostly I will miss your consumate class and dignity. And this evening, I will raise a glass and toast my good fortune that you have been part of a drama that has been a near constant in my life. Love and God’s blessings to your family… 0:)

  18. Avatar of Bartman202
    Bartman202

    RIP, Jeanne Cooper – You and your H-U-G-E talent will be sorely missed on “Y & R”!

    Thank you for all the entertainment you have given me as a 30+ year viewer of “Y & R”. I’m sure you and your character will be given a fitting send-off for you and for Katherine Chancellor Sterling Murphy!

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    1titanman

    There will never be another Katherine Chancellor on television! She made Katherine and both the actress & character are iconic.

    We love you Wilma Jeanne and I can see her telling Bill Bell, Sr up in the big blue sky what he missed in the last 8 years. Those two are laughing it up-

    Goodbye Duchess!

  20. Avatar of slick234
    slick234

    So sad about this. She continually delivered every year despite her age. At 83 she was acting circles around people half to a quarter of her age. RIP Jeanne Cooper. You have taught people in the medium what acting really is and i hope that alot of the younger actors have learned from you.

  21. Avatar of CtFireWitch
    CtFireWitch

    Goodbye Katherine, goodbye Duchess. I’m glad she was able to pass away at her home surrounded by her family. That’s the best way. I just hope Y&R doesn’t replace her, she’s one of a kind.

  22. Avatar of Duchess
    Duchess

    I am absolutely heartbroken about this. I had the chance to meet Jeanne at the Y&R fanclub dinner two years ago and she was beyond even what I could have imagined she’d be. So funny, gracious, warm, friendly and literally had us laughing for five minutes. When I told her my Mom used to make me cover my eyes during the kissing scenes when I was younger her response was “Well what a shame.” ;) So perfect and so Jeanne! She really was like a member of the family for the 40 years that my Mom has watched Y&R and the 25 years that I have watched. RIP you amazing lady. Heaven is lucky to have you!

  23. Avatar of pennywise555
    pennywise555

    I’m going to miss her terribly. My condolences to her family.

    Y&R without Katherine Chancellor will be strange. Unless Jess Walton returns to carry on the family I’ll have no reason to continue watching. I started with Kay and Jill & I’ll leave with them.

  24. Avatar of basilnsybil
    basilnsybil

    Much condolences to her family. Jeanne will be missed her passion and sparkle brought so much. It was so very generous and gracious of Corbin to share with us. Thoughts, prayers and love for a treasure and gem.

  25. Avatar of jetty
    jetty

    I feel as if I’ve lost a close family friend, a special “aunt.” RIP, Jeanne. Your legacy will always live in the hearts of soap fans.

  26. Avatar of anjelvixen
    anjelvixen

    omg!! SO sad! I thought this beautiful lady, magnificent actress and soap opera icon would live forever!!! RIP lovely one….you will be terribly missed by many!! ♥ :( Deep condolences to her beloved family!

  27. Avatar of arielade
    arielade

    Jeanne Cooper, you were a true diva and DUCHESS of daytime TV. Thank you for all of your devotion to your craft and your fans. You will be missed.

  28. Avatar of DevinMissesOLTL
    DevinMissesOLTL

    I have never been a Y&R fan but my mother and grandmother were! My mother would go on about “Mrs. Chancellor”. Mrs. Chancellor this and Mrs. Chancellor that Lol! And if it wasn’t her it was Niki Reed! My grandmother hasn’t watched a soap in 35 years but two people she remembers and wil bring up every blue moon are Mrs. Chancellor and Mona Kane(AMC) LOL! Those were her favs when she watched back in the day. This is a great loss for the daytime community and television at large. But Ms. Cooper has left her fans a great body of work to recall. Another one of the greats has gone on to glory! RIP My Dear!

  29. Avatar of Restless Fan
    Restless Fan

    Thank you Jeanne for all the decades of laughter, love and tears. You brought such joy to my life in the form of Katherine Chancellor. I will miss you terribly but grateful I had the time. You will be missed and always remembered.

  30. Avatar of acela
    acela

    My dear Jeanne, you will be So Missed, please say a prayer for us, we need it, as we will all be praying for & missing you….Rest in Peace…

  31. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    For close to 20 yrs I welcomed this fantastic lady into my life for small bits every day and definitely enjoyed every moment of her there!

    I truly believe she is in a great place now giving god some hassle for where her place up there will be!

    Definitely will miss her and Katherine. I look forward to what I will hope is one fantastic tribute to a woman who has played a central character on this show for 40 yrs!

    Godspeed

  32. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=pennywise555]I’m going to miss her terribly. My condolences to her family
    Y&R without Katherine Chancellor will be strange. Unless Jess Walton returns to carry on the family I’ll have no reason to continue watching. I started with Kay and Jill & I’ll leave with them.[/quote]

    I feel the same way. It’s the end of an era for me. I don’t care for the “new era” of Y&R and don’t have a need to stick around much longer.

  33. Avatar of AlexB
    AlexB

    RIP Jeannie Cooper. You couldn’t help but have a feeling that this was coming once she had to be taken back to the hospital. She’s not hurting any more. It was time for her to go home.

    As for Y&R and the new regime, do not do Jeannie Cooper, Katherine Chancellor, or Y&R the dis-service of not honoring this great actress and what she has meant to daytime as a whole.

    I my mom always talks about Jill, Katherine, and the house. She figured that if it ever came down to it they’d burn it to the groudn rather than conceed defeat. LOL.

    As for Cane putting his impostor hands all over what isn’t his, Katherine has kids, doesn’t she have some grandchildren that can come and oust that dullard. Mac can’t be the only one. New Chancellor blood if your please.

  34. Avatar of Blue Skies and Palomino Ponies
    Blue Skies and Palomino Ponies

    Thank you, Jeanne Cooper, for the gifts you shared with us all. May you now take your rightful place among the stars in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with your family as well as with the legions of fans who think of you as I always have: with love and admiration.

  35. Avatar of marknsprmo
    marknsprmo

    A presence like Jeanne Cooper can never really die. She will live on every time we remember her in our hearts and our minds. It is always a space that no one else can fill when someone like her dies. I hope that Corben and family and friends can look back with love and know that they had something quite special in their lives. As we did every day that she was on tv. We will miss both Jeanne and her alter ego Kay greatly.

  36. Avatar of Coffee_Junkie
    Coffee_Junkie

    [quote=AlexB]RIP Jeannie Cooper. You couldn’t help but have a feeling that this was coming once she had to be taken back to the hospital. She’s not hurting any more. It was time for her to go home. As for Y&R and the new regime, do not do Jeannie Cooper, Katherine Chancellor, or Y&R the dis-service of not honoring this great actress and what she has meant to daytime as a whole. I my mom always talks about Jill, Katherine, and the house. She figured that if it ever came down to it they’d burn it to the groudn rather than conceed defeat. LOL. As for Cane putting his impostor hands all over what isn’t his, Katherine has kids, doesn’t she have some grandchildren that can come and oust that dullard. Mac can’t be the only one. New Chancellor blood if your please.[/quote]

    Be careful discussing future storyline possibilities (and *LOL*) in this post. I got blasted by someone yesterday for doing it. Maybe they’ll be kinder to you.

  37. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    Coffeejunkie, I saw that and I didnt think you were being disrespectful. I can see your heart was broken. Im not afraid to talk about future story lines cause what I want to know is what ALEX B was talking about “Cane’s imposter hands”. What did I miss. Was the real Cane killed and this is his twin?

  38. Avatar of noway
    noway

    Coffeejunkie,

    I didn’t find your commentary disrespectful, it was just who you are, and after watching Jeanne for 35 years she would want people to just be themselves. It was obvious you care deeply for Jeanne and her position on the show.

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