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Subject: Here's UPI's story on the suicide of her son Carter in 1988

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Date Posted: Monday, June 17, 11:40:43am
In reply to: . 's message, "Hubby Pat DiCicco (1909- 1978) was also married [1932-1934] to actress Thelma Todd! ..." on Monday, June 17, 11:32:56am

NEW YORK -- Jeans fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt's son, under a doctor's care for depression, jumped 14 floors to his death during a visit to his mother's fashionable penthouse apartment in Manhattan, police said.

Vanderbilt, whose own childhood amid lavish wealth had its personal tortures, was home Friday at 7 p.m. when her oldest son plunged from her terrace into a graffiti-splattered alley behind the building facing the East River.

Carter Cooper, 23, described by a neighbor as a 'model boy,' had been treated for depression over the last six months and had recently been discharged from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan, police said.

Sgt. Diane Kubler, a police spokeswoman, said no foul play was suspected in Cooper's death.

Vanderbilt, under a doctor's care late Friday and still in the apartment more than four hours after Cooper's jump, could not immediately speak to police detectives, who were waiting for her to calm down before she was interviewed.

A police source said there was no conflict or argument between the man and his mother before he jumped to his death.

Kubler said that an unidentified female, presumed to be the maid at the residence, phoned the police emergency number to report the incident.

Cooper had gone to the imposing, gray stone and brick building at 10 Gracie Square, a prestigious Upper East Side address, to visit his mother. He was wearing casual clothes and no shoes when he plunged to the alley.

He was the oldest of two sons Vanderbilt had during her fourth marriage, a happy union to writer Wyatt Cooper that lasted 16 years until his death from a heart attack in January 1978. Their other son is Anderson Cooper.

One neighbor said Cooper, 'was a very nice chap, he was very pleasant, very agreeable, very well behaved. He was a model young man.'

Another neighbor said the Cooper brothers 'were attractive boys. I would see her occasionally getting into her car. The times I saw her with her sons they looked very happy.'

Widely known as the designer of jeans that bear her name, his mother also has designed home furnishings, napkins, and glassware -- in spite of the $5 million she inherited at age 21 from the family fortune begun by her great-great-grandfather, railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt.

She was dubbed 'the poor little rich girl' during a bitter dispute over her custody and inheritance. She chose at age 10 to live with her aunt, Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, who later founded the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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It's been long rumored that DiCicco (as well as future 007 Producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli, and the much older actor Wallace Beery) were involved in the 1937 drunken beating death of comic actor Ted Healy! -What IS known -Gloria claims she was often hit by DiCicco, before they divorced in 1945. ...MoreMonday, June 17, 11:44:04am

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