Bradley Cooper learned to appreciate life after dad's death

BRADLEY COOPER feels privileged to have witnessed his dad's death, calling the loss a "watershed moment" which forced him to re-evaluate and appreciate life.

The Silver Linings Playbook star was at his stockbroker father Charles Cooper's bedside when he succumbed to a long illness in January 2011, and admits the experience changed him forever.

He tells Britain's GQ magazine, "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 ever been the same since...

"Right there, in that moment, the innocence was gone. Done. Never to return. The beauty is that I just don't sweat s**t anymore...

"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."

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