Iconic American socialite, fashion designer and artist Gloria Vanderbilt has died at the age of 95 after a battle with stomach cancer.
The flamboyant socialite was as known for her philanthropy and cultural impact as she was a famed list of lovers that included Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, and children’s author Roald Dahl.
Her son, the US TV news anchor Anderson Cooper, confirmed the news to CNN. He revealed Vanderbilt had died on Monday morning (local time) at her New York home.
“She was ready. She was ready to go,” Cooper said in an emotional statement to viewers. “[She died] the way she wanted.”
Vanderbilt was surrounded by “beauty and friends when it was time”.
“What an extraordinary life. What an extraordinary [mother] and what an incredible woman,” Cooper added.