Curse of the Kennedys: Robert Jr's estranged wife found dead after suspected suicide
THE estranged wife of Robert Kennedy Jr has been found dead in her New York home after an apparent suicide.
Mary Kennedy, 52, who had four children with the son of assassinated Democratic candidate and former attorney general Robert Kennedy, was reported to have hanged herself in a barn at her home in the wealthy Westchester County.
Her family confirmed her death in a statement issued by a lawyer. It said: "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. We have no further comment at this time."
The news of Mrs Kennedy’s death was broken by Radar Online. A source told the website: “There was an EMT [Emergency Medicine Vehicle] vehicle outside the home about an hour ago."
The couple was married for 16 years before divorcing in May 2010. She was arrested on suspected drink driving charges three days later, and reports also emerged that a complaint of domestic violence had been made and withdrawn, allegedly after two of the couple’s children got into a fight.
Mr Kennedy, 58, a lawyer, radio host and environmental activist who is the third of RFK’s 11 children and whose uncle was President John F Kennedy, is currently dating actress Cheryl Hines. She is best known for playing Larry David's wife on the television show Curb Your Enthusiasm.
He divorced his first wife, Emily, the mother of his oldest two children, in 1994, shortly before marrying Mary, whose maiden name was Richardson. She gave birth to their first child, Conor, three months later. They went on to have three more children together, Kyra, William and Aiden, whose ages range from 10 to 16.
In 1983, at the age of 29, Mr Kennedy was arrested at an airport in North Dakota after a search of his baggage revealed he was carrying heroin.
He was spared jail after agreeing to attend Narcotics Anonymous and undertake community service.
Mrs Kennedy is the latest member of the family to suffer from the “curse of the Kennedys” – a series of tragedies which have struck the clan.
As well as the assassinations of President and Robert Kennedy, their brother Edward was at the centre of a scandal after a young woman died when he drove his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts.
The president’s son, John F Kennedy Jr, and his wife were killed in a plane crash, two of RFK’s sons, Michael and David, died in a skiing accident and from a drug overdose respectively.