COPY-Gossip reporter Claudia Cohen has died

Published: Jun. 18, 2007 at 3:05 PM EDT
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Associated Press - June 18, 2007 10:43 AM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - The gossip reporter for "Live With Regis and Kelly" has died.

Claudia Cohen had ovarian cancer. She was 56.

Kelly Ripa choked back tears as she broke the news to their audience. Regis Philbin had the day off, so Ripa says he'll pay tribute to Cohen on the show tomorrow. She says Philbin and Cohen had "a special friendship for over 25 years."

Cohen was divorced from billionaire Ron Perleman. She got $80 million when they split. Perleman says Cohen was "a remarkable dynamic woman, a terrific mother" and his "best friend."

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