Washington: The ‘Young and Restless’ star Jeanne Cooper has passed away. He was 84.
Her son the actor Corbin Bernsen wrote on Facebook that she died Wednesday morning in her sleep, Fox News reported.
The family also confirmed the death to CBS, according to a network spokeswoman.
The star was best known for her role as ‘ Katherine Chancellor’ for nearly four decades on the popular show `The Young and the Restless`
Bernsen tweeted on April 12 that his mother faced an ‘uphill battle’ for an undisclosed illness.
In subsequent days he wrote of her gradual improvement and said that she’d been taken off breathing equipment.
Cooper, born in the California town of Taft in 1928, joined the daytime serial six months after its March 1973 debut, staking claim to the title of longest-tenured cast member. The role earned her 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and a trophy for best actress in a drama series in 2008.
She had a parallel career in TV, with shows including “The Adventures of Kit Carson” in 1953 and “The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse” in 1954 and “Bracken’s World” in 1969-70.
But it was her role on ‘The Young and the Restless’ that made her a TV star intimately familiar to viewers.