Soap Icon Jeanne Cooper of ‘The Young and the Restless’ Dies at 84

by | May 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM | Celebrity Deaths, Deep Soap

Jeanne Cooper of "The Young and the Restless" (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Legendary soap star Jeanne Cooper of “The Young and the Restless” died Wednesday morning at the age of 84.

Cooper had been hospitalized in April for an infection and had been battling an undisclosed illness.

Her son Corbin Bernsen, who stars on USA’s “Psych,” announced Cooper’s death Wednesday on Twitter.‏

“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,” Bernsen wrote.

Cooper played “Y&R’s” wealthy matriarch Katherine Chancellor for a remarkable 40 years, first joining the CBS daytime drama in 1973. She earned nine Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Leading Actress for the role, which gave her four husbands, several bouts with alcoholism, a secret child, an on-screen facelift and a look-alike doppelganger named Marge!

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