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Bradley Cooper Watched His Father Die! Says It Was A 'Gift'!

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Bradley Cooper is one of our favorite actors- and we're not alone! We were so excited to see him get his first Oscar nom this year!

But the Silver Linings Playbook star says he wouldn't be where he is emotionally if it weren't for one seminal moment in his life- the death of his father. He says:

"Death became very real. And very tangible. Because my father – someone who had been in my life for 36 years is just f–king gone. I watched him dying, and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him, and then I saw his last breath, and he was gone.

I experienced the whole thing. And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. Nothing has been the same since.

My father gave me two gifts – having me and dying with me. I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don’t get nervous about stuff.

I can’t control everything. I watched my father die, and I realized that is the way we are all going to die. For me, it was a switch from knowing something intellectually to knowing it by tangibly experiencing it. It rewired my neurological system. It almost did the opposite of motivating me.

It was about keeping the main thing the main thing."

Um, wow. We guess everyone who has had to go through that harrowing experience knows exactly how Bradley feels.

At least we hope they all feel as privileged about it, though we've never quite heard it put that way. What an extraordinary attitude!

[Image via Brian To/WENN.]

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24 comments to “Bradley Cooper Watched His Father Die! Says It Was A 'Gift'!”

  1. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    What ? He killed his father ? ? ? ! !

  2. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    What ? He killed his father ? ? ? ! ! !

  3. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    What ? He killed his father ? ? ? ! ! ! !

  4. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    What ? He killed his father ? ? ? ! ! ! ! !

  5. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    What ? He killed his father ? ? ? ! ! ! ! ! !

  6. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    What ? He killed his father ? ? ? ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  7. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    What ? He killed his father ? ? ? ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  8. 8

    I understand what he means.

  9. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    All for P.R……any normal person would keep such personal information to themselves. P.R. P.R. P.R.

  10. 10

    Re: Be-Atch – Are you posting on a smart phone? If so please stop, double posts are so annoying. Thanks in advance.

  11. TheTruth says – reply to this


    Of course it is a gift And the idea that it is anything other upsetting. It's a shame you published such a thoughtless commentary. Please try to be more respectful. Thank you.

  12. Beverly says – reply to this


    i also watched a parent die and it does change you forever…when her energy left the room… never was there such a feeling of emptyness… i had to take comfort in knowing and feeling…that she literally left… my son who was 18 at the time and was with her and i…and called out to her as she took her last breath… we were talking and sitting across from each other… she was struggling to breath for at least 9 hours… each breath becoming slower and farther apart… but when she took her final breath we both looked at her and knew….my son called out Nana… NANA … and i said to him without thinking….let her go zack… and i said go mom go..your free… and i felt her go… i wanted her to go because i wanted her to be free of her cancer riddled body… lator i wished for her back in any state… but at that moment i wanted her to go and be "free"… .it took me three years to accept her death… because although it was a very small part of her… it was still a part of her… anyways… its ok to share these things… not very many people watch a loved one die… hopefully none of you have to…

  13. 13

    I totally understand what Bradley Cooper means. I witnessed my mothers passing. It was a privilege and a honor to be there when she needed me most to hold her hand and tell her how much I loved her. I totally get it Bradley Cooper.

  14. 14

    Re: Be-Atch – You're an idiot. He was speaking from his heart. It does change you to witness a loved one pass. I was not offended at all that he spoke HIS TRUTH. Nothing to be ashamed of, it's called life and death and it's real !

  15. Whitefeather says – reply to this


    I was living abroad when my dad passed away.I spent the next 5 years in grief but mostly in anger that I was not by his side in his final moments…I felt cheated and denied of the chance to say what I had never said often enough to my dad: 'I love You"!
    Bradley Cooper knows what he is talking about when he calls it an 'gift'!!!!
    I truly believe that a person's final moments on earth are life-defining to all who encounter that experience and what greater experience is there than sharing the gift of love???

  16. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    IF he is so empowered by his dad's death, maybe he should come out of the closet…oh, wait ! That would affect his career, and his $ $ $ ! Phoney !

  17. 17

    Be-Atch why are you on this forum, if you hate bradley Cooper, if you have so much hate, stop wasting your time and life and grow up (because one day you will have to)

    Just go away

  18. 18

    I understand exactly what he means, and plenty of people have said it's a privilege to be there in that profound moment, sharing it with someone they love. Even though you'd rather the person could stay with you, it's a gift to be able to be there for them as they make that transition and to experience death in such a real way, which, as he says, gives you a new and different perspective on your own life.

  19. 19

    Watching both Grandparents take their last breaths - I understand too. In fact, I believe that was a really sweet thing to say in perspective. If you haven't witnessed someone pass you really do not understand this. Bittersweet.

  20. meysie says – reply to this


    He is an amazing guy. . I mean who can put in words such feelings. I know what he's talking about, I've been through that, and its exactly how I felt..

  21. Be-Atch says – reply to this


    He cries for publicit eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  22. 22

    Re: Be-Atch – I think it's best to ignore you. You're obviously a child and have no idea what you're saying.

  23. neena says – reply to this


    be-atch is an idiot.

  24. 24

    wow, he always plays the douchbaggy guy in movies, so i thought he was a jerk in real life too, but what he said about his father really made my eyes tear a little, im sorry for him and his dad, and the pain they had to go through, hope he stays a decent guy and not a typical hollywood player. How sad!