Robert Kennedy Jr.'s Estranged Wife Found Dead in N.Y. (Update 1)
By Chris Dolmetsch-May 17, 2012 10:44 AM ET
Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was found dead in her home in upstate New York, according to her lawyer, police and the county medical examiner’s office.
Police officers in Bedford, New York, who went to a residence on South Bedford Road at about 1:36 p.m. yesterday to investigate a possible “unattended death” found the body in an outbuilding on the property, the police said in a statement.
The death is being investigated by the police and the Westchester County medical examiner’s office.
An autopsy is being conducted this morning, and results will be released later today, the medical examiner’s office said. The body found at the residence on South Bedford Road was that of Mary Kennedy, 52, the office said.
The New York Daily News, citing unidentified people, reportedthat Kennedy committed suicide. The police declined to comment beyond the statement.
Kennedy’s attorney, Kerry Lawrence, said in a phone interview that he didn’t know the cause of death.
“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 by Lawrence. “Our heart goes out to her children who she loved without reservation.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the nephew of President John. F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963. His father, a U.S. attorney general and later a U.S. senator from New York, was a Democratic presidential candidate when he was assassinated in 1968.
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