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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Mary Kennedy found dead in New York home in apparent suicide
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Mary Kennedy
Fresh tragedy hit the Kennedy family Wednesday: the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. hanged herself in a barn behind her Westchester home.
Mary Richardson Kennedy, 52, was the mother of four children, the youngest of whom is 11.
Richardson was Kennedy’s second wife. They married on a boat in the Hudson in 1994 and split two years ago.
The news stunned her family and friends.
“She’s my best friend,” said her former sister-in-law, Kerry Kennedy.
“Our whole family is devastated by the loss and we appreciate everyone’s prayers.”
Officers with the Bedford Police Department found the body at about 1:36 p.m.
"We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her," her family said in a statement released through her lawyer.
"Our heart goes out to her children who she loved without reservation."
Richardson was working as an architectural designer in Manhattan when she became the Kennedy heir’s second wife.
They had four kids together - Connor, Kyra, William and Aiden - before he filed for divorce on May 12, 2010.
Three days later, Richardson was arrested for driving under the influence after police saw her drive over a curb outside a school carnival.
Police were called to the house in Beford several times since for alcohol-related issues, the Journal News reported.
Kennedy has recently been linked to actress Cheryl Hines, best known for her role as the wife of Seinfeld writer Larry David on the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
He is no stranger to disaster.
He is the son of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968, five years after his older brother President John F. Kennedy was murdered.
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