Fashion icon and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt dies

US fashion icon and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt has died at the age of 95, her son has confirmed.

The heiress, who was the great-great-granddaughter of financier Cornelius Vanderbilt, made headlines throughout her life and survived family tragedy.

Her death on Monday was announced by her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, in a first-person obituary that aired on the network.

CNN reported she died at home surrounded by friends and family and had been suffering from advanced stomach cancer.

In a statement, Mr Cooper said: “Gloria Vanderbilt was an extraordinary woman, who loved life, and lived it on her own terms.”

“She was a painter, a writer, and designer but also a remarkable mother, wife, and friend.

“She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they’d tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern.”

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Source: SKY NEWS

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