RFK Jr.'s Ex-Wife, Mary, Found Dead In New York State

By: From CNN, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From CNN, Posted by Ralph Hipp

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Mary Kennedy, from whom Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed for divorce in 2010, is dead, an employee of the Westchester County, New York, medical examiner's office said Wednesday. The employee, who declined to give his name, told CNN he would provide no further details about the manner and cause of death.

The 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 Bedford Police Department earlier confirmed they were investigating a possible unattended death at an address owned by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Authorities found a deceased individual inside "an out building" on the property, police said in a statement.

Regarding her marital status at the time of her death, Mary Kennedy wasn't divorced from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., her family attorney, Kerry A. Lawrence, told CNN. Details of the couple's private lives were exposed after Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed for divorce in Westchester County two years ago.

The next evening, according to police records, Bedford police responded to a 911 call. When police arrived at the Kennedy residence they found the couple in an argument over taking their four children to a carnival at St. Patrick's School.

According to a "domestic incident" report filed by the officer on the scene, "Mr. Kennedy stated that his wife was intoxicated and was acting irrational so he took the children to the carnival to remove them from the situation."

No one was injured, the report said.

Two days later, Mary Kennedy was arrested for driving while intoxicated. At the time, Bedford Police Lt. Jeff Dickans told CNN that Mary Kennedy was arrested around 9:15 p.m. on May 15, 2010. Dickans said that a Bedford police officer saw Kennedy's 2004 Volvo swerving onto the curb of Greenwich Road in Bedford and asked her to pull over.

Kennedy had slurred speech, and a blood-alcohol content above 0.08 percent, the legal limit in New York. She was charged with driving while intoxicated.


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