Yet another Kennedy has died tragically and too soon: Mary Richardson Kennedy, the 52-year-old estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was found dead of an apparent suicide today in her Mt. Kisco NY home. According to law enforcement officials, she hanged herself in an "out building" (most likely some type of barn) on the Kennedy property. Richardson Kennedy, a former architectural designer, leaves behind 4 children, Connor, Kyra, William and Aiden.
The Kennedy family is no stranger to loss, particularly loss of a violent and sudden nature. But with the passing of each individual life comes the same wave of raw, heart-wrenching pain, which is reflected in the words of Mary Richardson Kennedy's nearest and dearest. Through a lawyer, her family released this statement:
"We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her. Our heart goes out to her children who she loved without reservation."
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Said former sister-in-law Kerry Kennedy:
"She's my best friend. Our whole family is devastated by the loss and we appreciate everyone’s prayers.”
And even as Mary's troubled recent past is recalled (after splitting with RFK Jr., she was arrested twice on drug and alcohol-related charges), the people who loved her choose to remember better times.
One neighbor called her "at all times just a lovely individual." Another spoke of her as "community oriented" and "always kind."
So sad that such a kind, beautiful, talented woman's life should be so filled with anguish that she would be compelled to end it.
May she rest in peace.
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