Chelsea Handler learned a lot from her oldest brother, Chet Handler, in the 22 years that he was alive.
In a heartfelt Instagram post on Tuesday, the outspoken comedian showed her softer side in a tribute to her sibling, who fell off a cliff and died in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, over three decades ago. "Thirty-three years ago this month, my brother Chet died. He was 22, and the oldest of 6 kids," she wrote to accompany a photo slideshow of Chet. "We were never six again, only five. The number was never the right number again."
Handler said it was because of this family tragedy that she learned "how to live and love and laugh." She also noted other ways she grew as a person. "Show up, stand up, love up, argue, fight, make up, show up again," she declared in her post. "Go to bat for people. Tell them you love them. Defend your friends. Stand up for yourself. Give away the things you have in excess. Give away the things you love the most."
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Chelsea Handler Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on December 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)
TV personality Chelsea Handler attends 2016 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards in Hollywood, California, on November 14, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Comedian Chelsea Handler attends American Cancer Society's Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Comedian Chelsea Handler and honoree Charlize Theron attends amfAR's Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress Shannen Doherty, and comedian Chelsea Handler arrive at American Cancer Society's Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Chelsea Handler arrives at the amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Chelsea Handler arrives at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Host Chelsea Handler presents onstage at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park To End Extreme Poverty By 2030 at Central Park on September 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA - OCTOBER 19: Chelsea Handler speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2016 at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel on October 19, 2016 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Fortune)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Comedian & host of Netflix's 'Chelsea', Chelsea Handler attends 2016 Social Good Summit at 92Y on September 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Comedian/TV host Chelsea Handler visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on August 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Comedian and TV host Chelsea Handler visits AOL Build to discuss the new season of her hit Netflix show, 'Chelsea' at AOL HQ on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 409 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Chelsea Handler during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 25, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Chelsea Handler seen out in Manhattan on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Comedian Chelsea Handler attends the Television Academy's 70th Anniversary Gala on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 19: Chelsea Handler visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 19, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 14: Chelsea Handler attends the Netflix's Rebels and Rule Breakers Luncheon and Panel Celebrating the Women of Netflix at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 15: New York Times bestselling author Mandy Ingber and comedian Chelsea Handler attend the launch party for her new book 'Yogalosophy for Inner Strength' at Ron Robinson on May 15, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Mandy Ingber / Seal Press)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: (L-R) Logan Hill, comedian Chelsea Handler, and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock attend the Cinema Cafe during 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Filmmaker Lodge on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Chelsea Handler arrives to 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' at Ed Sullivan Theater on February 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0403 -- Pictured: Comedian Chelsea Handler on January 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Chelsea Handler is seen walking in 'Midtown'on January 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Chelsea Handler visits 'Sway in the Morning' with Sway Calloway on Eminem's Shade 45 at SiriusXM Studios on January 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Chelsea Handler arrives at the Stella McCartney Autumn 2016 Presentation on January 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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The message garnered a lot of comments from the talk show host's followers, including some of her famous friends. "This is such a beautiful tribute to him," Jessica Chastain -- whose sister Juliet committed suicide in 2003 -- remarked. "My sister taught me the same things."
Sarah Paulson also responded to the post, writing: "Chelsea Handler, important and so moving."
In addition, Katy Perry commented: "So beautiful."
The tribute further resonated with a lot of Handler's fans who had lost loved ones. "Thank you @chelseahandler. I lost my older brother last year and we are now two not three. This was powerful," one of her Instagram followers commented.
"I had no idea. I lost my younger brother and I learned very similar things about life," another commenter wrote. "Love you, Chelsea!!"
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