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Subject: One of THE most gripping TV interviews I've ever seen, was the sit-down talk she had with the late TV host Tom Snyder in 1996, particularly reliving the day her son Carter Cooper, 23, jumped in 1988, from their 14th-floor penthouse terrace in front of mother Gloria. ...
Ms. Vanderbilt's Son Plunges to His Death. …
July 23, 1988
Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, a son of the fashion designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, plunged to his death from his mother's East Side apartment last evening, apparently a suicide, the police said.
A police spokeswoman, Sgt. Diane Kubler, said Mr. Cooper, 23 years old, jumped from a 14th-floor penthouse terrace at 10 Gracie Square about 7 P.M., landing in an alley between the building and a walkway next to the East River.
Mr. Cooper, who had been undergoing treatment for depression, left no note, Sergeant Kubler said. She said his mother was with him on the terrace when he jumped.
Mr. Cooper, whose residence was given as 30 Beekman Place, was the elder of two sons from Ms. Vanderbilt's fourth marriage. His father was Wyatt Emory Cooper, an author and film-script writer.
The heiress and Mr. Cooper, a well-known social figure, were married in 1963, he for the first time. He died of a heart ailment in 1978, at age 50.