Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr, has been found dead in her home in Bedford, New York, The Huff Post reports. She was found dead at 1:36 p.m Wednesday by the Bedford Police Department.
In 1994 she married Robert Kennedy Jr, a prominent environmental lawyer, son of former senator Robert F Kennedy and nephew of former president John F Kennedy. The couple had four children, the youngest of them born in July 2001, according to Guardian.
Mary Kennedy’s family released a statement saying, “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.”
The family said Mary Kennedy was “a genius at friendship, a tremendously gifted architect and a pioneer and relentless advocate of green design who enhanced her cutting edge, energy efficient creations with exquisite taste and style”.
Mary Kennedy was an architect and designer and had overseen the renovation of the family’s home into an environmentally advanced showpiece.
An autopsy for the 52-year-old Mary Kennedy has been scheduled for Thursday. No cause of death had yet been released.
Mary Richardson had known the Kennedys for years. She has been friends with Robert Kennedy Jr’s sister Kerry Kennedy, whom she met at boarding school. Mary had been Kerry Kennedy’s maid of honour at her wedding in 1990.
When Robert Kennedy Jr filed for divorsce from her in 2010 it turned out that Mary had problems with drugs and alcohol.
Three days after the filing for divorce, Mary Kennedy was arrested for driving while intoxicated, with a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent. Her family supported her following the incident.
Ethel Kennedy, her mother-in-law, wrote in a letter that Mary “is a caring, nourishing mother who has nursed her four children through lifelong bouts of debilitating allergies.”
Kerry Kennedy, in her letter, stated: “When I look at my three daughters, my wish for them is that they are as blessed as I have been to have a companion, a confidante, a friend, like Mary Richardson.”
Months after that incident, MAry kennedy was arrested again, for driving under the influence of drugs. However, later the charge was thrown out by a Pleasant Valley Town judge who noted that that there wasn’t evidence Kennedy was aware her prescription drugs would impair her ability to drive.
Family attorney, Kerry A. Lawrence, told CNN that regarding her marital status at the time of her death, Mary Kennedy wasn’t divorced from Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is reported to be currently dating actress Cheryl Hines.
Kennedy’s neighbour Leslie Lampert said Mary Kennedy was “at all times just a lovely individual”.
“She was community-oriented,” Lampert said. “She was always kind in our presence.”
Kim Fraioli, another neighbour, said the family was private. “I think it’s a tragedy. It’s very sad for their family and the surviving children. My heart goes out to the family,” she said.