Heartbroken Anderson Cooper says goodbye to mother Gloria Vanderbilt as her coffin is carried off ahead of her burial, with ex-boyfriends Ben Maisani and Cesar Recio standing by his side
Anderson Cooper watched as his mother Gloria Vanderbilt was carried out in her coffin on Tuesday ahead of her burial
He was joined by his ex Ben Maisani, a little over a year after he announced they had split
Also seen with Cooper on Tuesday was Julio Cesar Recio, who dated the CNN host from 2004 to 2009
Not seen were Vanderbilt's two sons from her second marriage to conductor Leopold Stokowski, Stan and Chris
Vanderbilt, who passed away Monday from stomach cancer at the age of 95, was the only member of Cooper's immediate family who was still alive
She will be buried alongside her fourth husband Wyatt and son Carter at the Vanderbilt's family plot in their hometown of Staten Island
A downcast and doleful Anderson Cooper watched as his mother's coffin was taken from an Upper East Side funeral home and loaded into a hearse ahead of her burial service.
The CNN host was joined by his ex-boyfriend Ben Maisani as he took care of funeral preparations for Gloria Vanderbilt earlier in the day, a little over a year after Cooper revealed he had split from his partner of almost a decade.
Also in attendance was Julio Cesar Recio, who was with Cooper from 2004 until 2009, the same year he met Maisani.
Not seen however were Vanderbilt's two sons from her second marriage to conductor Leopold Stokowski: Leopold Stanislaus 'Stan' Stokowski and Christopher Stokowski.
Cooper had spoken in the past about this day, and in one heartbreaking passage from his memoir explained: 'My father died in 1978, when I was ten; and my brother, Carter, killed himself in 1988, when I was twenty-one, so my mom is the last person left from my immediate family, the last person alive who was close to me when I was a child.