Anderson Cooper took some time on his CNN show Thursday night to remember his beloved mom.
Gloria Vanderbilt passed away on Monday at the age of 95, and Cooper was met with a wave of love and support from viewers.
Cooper said that his mother found out she had stomach cancer on June 8.
“She lived nine more days,” he said. “Being able to spend those nine days with her, they were the most extraordinary days of my life. It’s still hard for me to believe she’s gone.
“Though I was holding her hand and her head when she took her last breath, it’s still a little hard for me to believe she’s gone.”
He also explained that early tragedy in his life made his relationship with his mother all the more important.
“My dad died when I was 10, and my brother when I was 21. She was the last of my immediate family,” Cooper said. “The last person who knew me from the beginning. They’re all gone and it feels very lonely right now. I hope they are at least together.”
The new anchor left viewers with a clip of Peggy Lee singing “Is That All There Is?”, one of his mom’s favourite songs.