Stephen Colbert on his ‘gratitude’ for grief’s pain



CNN
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In a deeply personal and intimate conversation about loss and grief on Anderson Cooper’s new podcast All There Is, “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert opened up about the importance of “learning to love the thing you most wish had never happened.”

Colbert, who is the youngest of 11 siblings, lost his father and two teenage brothers Peter and Paul, in a plane crash near Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 11, 1974. He was just 10 years old at the time.

“That is such a cliff that I fell off emotionally and psychically and spiritually at that age,” he said.

Cooper was also 10 when he lost his father in 1978 at age 50 after a heart attack. Ten years later, Cooper’s brother, Carter, died by suicide.

Colbert told Cooper the loss of his father and brothers “shattered” his and his mother’s lives, but it did not…

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