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Stephen Colbert Opens Up About the Devastating Loss of His Father

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Stephen Colbert's father and two brothers died in a plane crash on September 11, 1974. Doesn't ring a bell? It's not an incident. The television show host has refused to discuss this deeply private matter for decades. 

Until now. As an interview with Anderson Cooper reveals, the comedian finally felt confident enough to openly address the sensitive issue publicly.

Stephen, 55, is far from the only celebrity to hesitate to discuss childhood traumas — Kim Kardashian waited until 2019 to talk about the death of her father on camera and Mindy Kaling has secretly dreaded every Mother's Day until the birth of her daughter, Katherine.