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Jeanne Cooper, longtime 'Young and the Restless' star, dies at 84

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Jeanne Cooper in 2011. Jeanne Cooper in 2011.

(NBC) -- Jeanne Cooper, longtime star of the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" and mother of actor Corbin Bernsen, died Wednesday at age 84, Bernsen announced on Facebook and Twitter.

"My mother passed away this morning just a short time ago, peaceful with my sister by her side, in her sleep," Bernsen wrote. "She has been a blaze her entire life, that beacon, that boxer I spoke of earlier. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision ... won! And while her light finally gave into the wind that gives flight to all our journeys, there will always be a glimmer left behind by what she stood for."

Cooper won an Emmy for playing wealthy Katherine Chancellor for 40 years on the CBS soap opera. In 1984, her character was shown having a facelift at the same time that Cooper underwent the operation herself.

Her feud with the younger Jill Foster Abbott, who stole Katherine's wealthy husband, Phillip, was a mainstay of "Y&R" plotlines.

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