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Bradley Cooper arrives at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

SALT LAKE CITY — Bradley Cooper recently opened up about his father’s death in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Cooper spoke with Winfrey during a taping of her “SuperSoul Conversations” TV special. He talked about the loss of his father, Charles, who died in 2011 due to lung cancer, USA Today reports.

Winfrey asked Cooper what it was like to be there and see his father die in his arms.

  • "It was everything," he said. "It was the biggest gift he gave me — the second biggest gift. The first was having me and bringing me into this life and then him allowing me to be witness to his passing was equally as huge."
  • "It really honestly felt like — he was cradled, his head was right here — and when he took the last breath I honestly felt like it went into me, and I've never seen anything the same since," Cooper said.

Cooper said mortality change the way he worked as an actor, according to The Hamilton Spectator.

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  • "I stopped sweating stuff that I was sweating before that," he continued. "It changed the way I was as an actor by, like, the next day, and I just started to live my life in a different way."
  • "I remember that moment and I looked up and I thought everything was different," he said. "I became stronger, more open, more willing to fail because of him. … The reality of mortality hits you like a ton of bricks."
  • Cooper also opened up about how he felt when he learned he wasn’t nominated for best director for the Academy Awards, according to E! Online.

Date: “SuperSoul Conversations” airs on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. EST on OWN.