Fabled family dynasty has been touched by tragedy
The Kennedys are one of the most famous families of modern times but many members have met untimely deaths in unfortunate circumstances.
The Kennedy dynasty has been touched repeatedly by tragedy, most recently the death of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill at the age of 22.
Here are some notable other instances:
– Joseph R. Kennedy Jr
Died in a plane crash during the Second World War aged 29.
– Rosemary Kennedy
Had been institutionalised since 1941 because she was mentally disabled and due to the effects of a failed lobotomy. She died in 2005.
– Kathleen Kennedy
Married William John Robert Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington. He was killed in the Second World War, she later died in a plane crash in 1948 aged 28.
– President John F. Kennedy
Assassinated in Dallas on November 22 1963 aged 46.
– Patrick Kennedy
The president’s son Patrick was born prematurely in 1963 and died two days later, three months before his father’s assassination.
– John F. Kennedy Jr
Killed with his wife and sister-in-law when their small plane crashed off Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in 1999. He was 38.
– Robert F. Kennedy
Assassinated in Los Angeles in June 1968. He was 42.
– David Kennedy
RFK’s son died in 1984 of a drug overdose in a hotel after being ousted from the family holiday home at Palm Beach. He was 28.
– Joseph Kennedy
He was involved in a 1973 car accident that left a female passenger paralysed for life.
– Michael Kennedy
RFK’s son was killed in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado, aged 39.
– Edward M. Kennedy
Drove a car off a bridge on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick Island in 1969 after a party, killing aide Mary Jo Kopechne. She was 28.
– Edward Kennedy Jr
His right leg had to be amputated in 1973 because of cancer.
– Patrick Kennedy
The former congressman sought treatment for cocaine addiction as a teenager in 1986.
– Mary Richardson Kennedy
The estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr, died by suicide in May 2012 aged 52.
– Saoirse Kennedy Hill
Died aged 22.