Jeanne Cooper Dies; Soap Opera Star was 84

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Jeanne Cooper, a soap opera star best known for her long-running role on The Young and the Restless, passed away this morning from an undisclosed illness.

She was 84 years old.

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Cooper had spent a lot of time in the hospital over the past few weeks and her oldest son, actor Corbin Bernsen, confirmed the sad news today on Twitter.

“She was in peace and without fear," he wrote. "You all have been incredible in your love. In her name, share it today with others.”

Cooper starred on The Young and the Restless for four decades, portraying Katherine Chandler, a character who crossed over a couple times to The Bold and the Beautiful.

Overall, the actress collected 10 Daytime Emmy nominations, winning once in 2008 after earning a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. She also earned a pair of Primetime Emmy nominations.

Cooper is survived by her three children, Corbin, Colin and Caren. We send our thoughts to her family and loved ones.

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Rest in peace sweet lady..Iloved watching you on young and the restless,with such spice !! you will be missed....much love to you and your amazing family!<3

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Jeanne Cooper you are a superstar! I grew up watching you. My son and daughter would hear the theme song playing and would come running into the room dancing like ballerinas when they were toddlers. You are an extended part of our family and you will be missed here dearly!

Stephanie-king

I grew up watching her. I wanted to cry the moment I found out she had passed. She was a wonderful actress. RIP

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I was so hoping for her recovery. But if she was in pain then sometimes its best no more pain no more suffering. I will miss her very much on Y&R I have watched her for 40 years on that show. She was a fabulous woman. My heart goes out to you and your family. R.I.P.JEANNE. MUCH LOVE.

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Rip. Will be missed.. my prayers are with your family. Amen

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@ Lisa Rollins

I was so hoping she would get better but sometimes its just not in the cards. I will miss her so much on the Y&R. She will never be replaced. God bless you Jeanne and your family my prayers are with you. R.I.P.

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The young and the restless will not be the same without Mrs. Chandler. I have followed this show for many years and she was like someone you knew as family. May God bless her and her family. She will truly be missed.

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JEANNE WAS THE BEST. I LOVED HER ON Y AND R. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS TIME OF SORROW. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.

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Man it won't be the same without her...been watching her since i was a child!

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I sure will miss her .she was one of my favorite

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OH, MY GOD!!!!! I am having trouble believing that Jeanne Cooper is now gone. The Young And The Restless (and daytime television in general) will N-E-V-E-R be the same without her. REST IN PEACE Jeanne Cooper aka Katherine Chancellor. You will be truly missed!!!!! Amen.