Longtime Soap Opera Star Dies At 84

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2013)--Soap opera star Jeanne Cooper has died at the age of 84, CBS said Wednesday.

A network spokeswoman said Cooper's family told the network of her death.

Her son Corbin Bernsen also said on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that Cooper had died.

Cooper played the grande dame Katherine Chancellor on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for nearly four decades.

Bernsen tweeted in April that his mother faced an "uphill battle" because of an undisclosed illness.

In subsequent days he wrote of her gradual improvement and said that she'd been taken off breathing equipment.

Cooper's role on "The Young and the Restless" earned her repeated Daytime Emmy Award nominations and a trophy for best actress in a drama series in 2008.

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