Anderson Cooper's Tragedy
Carter took the loss particularly hard, and over the years continued to struggle. When he was 23, shortly after graduating from college, Carter seemed unhappy with his job. He also went through a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Anderson says. Not sure where to turn, Carter moved back to his mother's home.
On July 22, 1988, just 19 days after the last time he saw Carter, Anderson received a shocking phone call from his mom. "He had killed himself," Anderson says. "He'd jumped off the balcony of our apartment building—right in front of my mother."