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Jeanne Cooper known as Mrs. Chancellor on the Young and the Restless.

*Fans of the most popular Emmy-winning daytime soap, “The Young & The Restless” hoped this would happen.

Now CBS has made it official — a special tribute will be aired to honor the beloved Jeanne Cooper and the character she has portrayed for nearly 40 years, “Mrs. Chancellor.”

Cast members, friends and family of the beloved actress will gather on set next week to shoot a celebration of the life of their late friend who passed away this week at the age of 84. Cooper, the Emmy Award-winning actress is the show’s longest-running cast member.

As part of the tribute episode, the cast of The Young and the Restless will share their favorite memories of working with Cooper, along with personal recollections of their friendships with her. Additionally, interviews with Cooper from the show’s recent 40th anniversary and classic clips of her years on the daytime drama will be included.

“Jeanne Cooper was a legend and we want to give her the tribute she deserves,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Daytime CBS. “The cast will honor their longtime friend, family member and co-worker in the greatest way possible, as we celebrate her life and vibrant spirit and share it with the audience who loved her as much as we did.”

Cooper passed away on May 8, 2013 after a long illness.

The special tribute to the actress will air on  Tuesday, May 28 (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network.