Anderson Cooper Talks Brother's Suicide on Howard Stern
In 1988, Anderson's older brother Carter jumped to his death from their mother's 14th floor penthouse in New York City.
Explaining how the incident has changed his life, the talk show host said, "Absolutely. It forms everything. It may not be the first thing I think of in the morning, but there's not a day goes by that I don't think about it."
The late book editor had been seeing a therapist for depression before the suicide. Trying to get the word out to others who've been in the same position, Anderson said, "With suicide, we like to think that it's this clear thing, and it's not – and that's the horrible thing about suicide. The family members are left for their entire lives wondering why. Sometimes there isn't any why."