Nancy Cooke de Herrera, who taught Hollywood’s brightest stars about meditation, has died. She was 90-years-old.
Cooke de Herrera’s daughter, Maria Louise said her mother died on February 28, according to several media reports. No additional information on her death was given.
In the 1960s de Herrera began working as a publicist for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founding father of Transcendental Meditation who became well-known among celebrities like the Beatles. Cooke de Herrera followed the guru on his travels and was the liaison for Mahesh and the Beatles during their famous trip to Rishikesh in India, where they studied meditation under his guidance.
After years of studying meditation under the guru, de Herrera had her own following. She taught Transcendental Meditation to Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Judd Apatow and Paula Abdul in Beverly Hills, Calif., reports the Associated Press.
She is also said to have met prominent spiritual teachers such as the Dali Lama and Satya Sai Baba among others.
Nancy Cooke de Herrera a celebrated author
Nancy Cooke de Herrera authored several books. She published the memoir, “Beyond Gurus: A Woman Of Many Worlds” in 1993. Her follow up memoir published in 2003, “All You Need Is Love: An Eyewitness Account of When Spirituality Spread from the East to the West”, included an introduction by Deepak Chopra.
In de Herrera’s “All You Need is Love” she shared intimate details of her life and her friendship with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and their time in the Valley of the Saints with members of the Beatles, actress Mia Farrow, musicians Mike Love of The Beach Boys and Paul Horn.
In 2008, she published “Never Tango with a Stranger: Love in Peron’s Argentina”, a memoir about falling in love with her husband, Argentinean race car driver Luis de Herrera, who died of leukemia nine months after the couple welcomed their daughter.
According to AP, de Herrera was working on a third autobiography at the time of her death based on her work in the 1950s as the U.S. Ambassadress of Fashion.