Kara Kennedy, Daughter Of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Has Died At Age 51

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Kara Kennedy, the only daughter of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, has died.

The 51-year-old Kennedy passed away after suffering a heart attack Friday evening following her daily workout at a Washington-area health club.

Kennedy was a member of the Sport & Health fitness center, though spokeswoman Nancy Terry declined to release further details about the incident, citing member privacy.

Her ex-husband, Michael Allen, said she frequently visited the club and went swimming every day if she could. He said details about her death would be released by The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. He said funeral arrangements are being made.

“Insofar as I’m concerned her legacy is one of courage and grit and determination in the face of her own illness and in the face of many family tragedies and limitless, absolutely limitless, devotion to our children,” he said.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.

Her brother Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press on Saturday that “she’s with dad.” Their father, Senator Ted. Kennedy died in 2009.

Kara was a lung cancer survivor and her cancer had been in remission since 2003.

Patrick Kennedy says he thinks his sister’s cancer treatment “took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically.” He says “her heart gave out.”

He also says his sister loved to exercise.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate issued a statement Saturday on Kara’s death.

“Kara was a warm and caring person. Her children were the light and joy of her life,” it read. “Her magnificent strength in her successful battle with lung cancer was a quiet inspiration to all us and provided her family and fellow patients with hope. Kara was loved and cherished by the entire Kennedy family… We will all greatly miss Kara’s energy and commitment to the Institute and her generous spirit.”

In a statement, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown offered his and his wife’s prayers and sympathies to the Kennedy family.

“Kara proudly carried on her family’s commitment to public service through her volunteer and charitable work, and was a devoted mother to her two children,” Brown’s statement read in part.

Kara Kennedy, a graduate of Tufts University, was the oldest of three children. She was born in 1960 as her father campaigned for his brother, John F. Kennedy, during the presidential primaries.

The late senator wrote in his 2009 memoir, “True Compass,” that “I had never seen a more beautiful baby, nor been happier in my life.”

She and her brother Edward Kennedy Jr. helped run their father’s U.S. Senate campaign in 1988.

She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002 and was given a grim prognosis by doctors, her father wrote.

In her father’s book, Edward Kennedy recalled her operation, along with her aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

“Kara responded to my exhortations to have faith in herself,” he wrote. “Today, nearly seven years later as I write this, Kara is a healthy, vibrant, active mother of two who is flourishing.”

In 2009, shortly before his death, Edward Kennedy was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. Kara Kennedy accepted the award on behalf of her father.

Kara was a filmmaker and television producer. She produced numerous videos and materials for Very Special Arts, an organization founded by her aunt Jean Kennedy Smith.

Kara also served on the National Advisory Board of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and as a Director Emerita and National Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

She also worked as a producer at Evening Magazine, a show produced at WBZ-TV between 1977 and 1990.

Kara leaves behind two teenage children, Grace and Max, along with her mother Joan; her brothers Ted, Jr. and Patrick; her step mother Victoria Reggie Kennedy; and her stepbrother and sister, Curran and Caroline Raclin.

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  • alan

    I am NOT a religious man, but, Jesus, Lord, please stop this twisted madness of ill fate……… PLEASE!!!!

    • MayfaireOquinn

      Matthew 7: 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

    • lorne

      ‘Twisted madness. A bit strong don’t you think?
      A fact of life is… death.

    • aggieranch

      neithie are they so don’t worry.

    • Jean Ader

      It’s a sad fact that people die. There are a lot of Kennedy people, and of course it is news when they die. I’m sorry for the family, but it happens to all of us.

    • dr procto

      I think two dates are created when someone is born – the date of birth and the date of death. The latter date is invisible but irrevocable, and can not be changed by Man.

    • Madeline

      You are a twisted, messed up person, Pete.

    • Dorkyman

      I wonder what sort of “God” you worship.

      I am no fan of the Kennedy clan, but your comments are hateful and far beyond any Christian faith I’ve known.

      I pray you are able to leave your personal demons behind.

    • Espy

      You’re religious and you’ve asked God to erase this family? You’re about as religious as a rock. Asking God to erase someone is incredibly sick.

    • teaisstronger


      Ted helped to kill unborn babies and nothing can wash that away.

      • portena

        Ohhh…. stop that!

  • Lisa Capachietti

    SHOCKED!!!!!! SO YOUNG!!!!! I don’t know how the Kennedy Family does it…..so much heartache, and they continue to keep the faith! God Bless the Kennedy Family. Please allow good things to happen, they’ve had way too much tragedy for 1 family!!!!!!!

    • Miyegombo Bayartsogt

      If there was a god he wouldn’t allow that foul brood to live as long and as well as they did.

    • Robert Vernon Bland

      You’re a sick puppy. You should go back and discover the true message of the bible. Particularly the part about not throwing stones unless you, yorself, are free from sin.

    • lois

      Another Mossad hit ..you think this has any coincidence with the release of the Jacky-o tapes and interview ?

    • aggieranch

      This has to be sarcasm.

      • tarzan and jane

        you have to be stupid

      • Edward Boothe

        She lived a lot longer thane Mary Joe Kopechne. Maybe she didn’t ride with Teddy when he was drunk.

    • phyllis westhoek

      Amen, God Bless the Kennedy Family. The tragedy that has come upon this family is more than any familiy has had to endure. Whether you agree with their politics or not, they deserve our honor and respect. This family has served our country above and beyond. God bless them all.

      • fern

        They give more tragedy than they get.

    • tarzan and jane

      Not to mention tax hiking middle class killers. Unless your in a union…..witch 85% are not.

    • randolphnurina

      It’s all karma from Old Joe’s bootlegging, thuggery, probably murder, and worse.

    • Kevin Stowell

      Yeah, after all they’ve been such major assets to humanity. Well, except for those millions of prenates who never got to draw breath, thanks to Teddy and his feticidal tendencies.

    • Ari Golden

      even daily exercise can’t stop the grim reaper, a day is set and when it arrives your time is up.

    • Fred

      Faith? What faith are you referring to?

      • Madman

        She’s not with her dad because he’s in hell !!!!!!!!

    • Itchy

      Just because they are in the public eye does not mean that they have anymore “tragedy” or success than any of us. God Bless us All

    • Teddy

      I hope she’s not with her father. It can get very hot down there.

    • sober 1

      More like they’ve caused too much family for 1 family.

    • Rick O'Shea

      Another good Kennedy.

    • Carrieann

      Most of their “heartaches” have been caused by their own foolishness and folly!

  • Italo

    There were a lot of things about the Kennedys, including Ted and his own family, that I disagreed with, and some things including Kennedy’s healthcare staunch support over the decades that I admired. That said, I am sorry to hear this because of all that his daughter accomplished yet went through, and that she has passed. Poking fun at and criticizing him notwithstanding, I feel bad for Patrick, his brother, and their loved ones at this time, too.

    • smokehouse56

      Would they reciprocate your sorrow?

  • Corey O

    Politics aside, it’s a real shame – my father battled with cancer for 5 years before his death in 2007 at age 48…it’s a terrible thing in today’s world that people can die so young. RIP.

  • evefromeden

    This is why we have to live every day as happy as we can. Who is to say how long a persons life should be? The old ones are lucky. Life is too short even if we live to 100. She doesnt have to go to God with Teds sins only her own. She had an opulent life. She was lucky.

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  • Grim

    This is all a result of the Bad Karma that Ted generated with his liquored up life! Won’t be long before whats left of the family is torn and battered as well, it
    might be in their best interest for those remaining to change their names, leave the families “dirty” money and disappear… nothing good ever happens to anyone related to or dealing with this family.
    Looking back the Kennedy forebearers might have rather been common people than have their family endure this evil.

  • Jay Allen

    Very sad……Walter Mondale’s daughter (Eleanor) has also died, also aged 51. Too young……..

    • The Clintidote

      The wrong democRATs are dying.

  • driveby_poster

    Well, at least she didn’t drown in a car driven off of a bridge by some irresponsible, sex-crazed creep.

  • Joey Tomm

    Oh my, that is jsut so so sad. Rest in Peace fair lady, RIP.


  • George Powell

    “She’s with her father”…. yes, in hell.
    Doesn’t anyone remember that Teddy killed a girl? Then got away with it?

    • Michael Gibson

      I know that Ted Kennedy was a drunk and a murderer also but that had little to do with his daughter.

    • Mike B

      I am a conservative republican. I find several of the posts attacking the Kenedy family here are out of line. A woman dying so young is a tragedy and should not be taken as an opportunity to make political comments.

      • kentex1146

        A tragedy is what happened in Utah. This is just a person passing away. Get over it.!

      • Jim Vernon

        To me it’s payback for Mary Jo…I only wish the old drunken fool was still here to suffer the pain of the “loss”….F the Kennedy’s..all of them!

      • still sober

        Anybody can say anything in a comment section. They can even claim to be “a conservative republican”.

      • m321

        Which I am, and I feel awful for the Kennedy’s and the Mondale’s

  • JoeAStroturf

    Horrible what you said. You must be a conservative. Don’t you know only rotten stinking teabagging democrats can say bad things. Get with the program.

    • Michael Gibson

      You’re saying she lived less time than Mary Jo?

  • Muslim Militiaman

    Patrick Kennedy is reporting this? I would take anything he says with a grain of salt. She’s probably just sleeping. Didn’t Patrick think he was going to “vote” in Congress at 3 AM and “wasn’t drinking” even though he was spotted at a bar drinking all night?

  • politicalgrandma

    May God have mercy on you who are making such hateful comments. I hope she was a Christian and is now wirh Jesus.

    • James Angryjew

      You HOPE she was a Christian? There are SO many things wrong with that statement I’m not even sure where to begin. While you may think you are a sending out a warm message, you are in fact showing the true face of hate and bigotry. And you might want to think about how UN-JESUS like your comment truly is.


      • John

        Being a Christian does not get you to heaven dude. I hope she was saved. If she was, then she is, if she was not, then she is not. That simple. Read John 14:6. Same goes for all of the Kennedys, including fat head Ted.

        Aside from that, I don’t really give a rat’s ass about the Kennedy’s as public figures. And, I mean any of them. Their power and privilege began with their rum running great grandad.

    • Mary Blumreich

      You are so right. What is wrong with people who cannot simply express sympathy towards a family who has lost a beloved member. I don’t know why people have to interject politics into such a sad event as this. As for determining who is in Heaven and who is not, that is God’s job, not ours.

    • DrBeak

      One less privileged, spoiled, entitled brat to deal with! Who cares, they should all go as soon as possible!

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  • Walt Mitchell

    –Her brother Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press on Saturday that “she’s with dad.” Their father, Senator Ted. Kennedy died in 2009.–

    Let’s hope she went to the other place. The better place.

  • I'm still sober and can drive

    She worked with fetal alcohol syndrome, how fitting as she may have been a victim herself.
    “The late senator wrote in his 2009 memoir, “True Compass,” that “I had never seen a more beautiful baby, nor been happier in my life.” He might have had he not worked so hard to kill so many through abortions.
    “She was born in 1960 as her father campaigned for his brother, John F. Kennedy, during the presidential primaries.” Or out looking for more booze and broads.

    She lived to be 51, well that’s about 23 years longer than Mary JoKopeckne.
    When is this country going to get over the fricking Kennedy family?

    • tarzan and jane


  • nuhnyuh beezwax

    Photo caption: “President Barack Obama (R)”

    Another fine day in the upside-down world of C-BS News.

  • Joseph D Belyea Jr

    My Name Is JosephDBelyeaJr.. I’ve NEVER Met Any Of “THEM>” All I Can Say; “What Goes Around Comes Around.”

  • yazak chattiest

    Photo caption: “President Barack Obama (R)”

    Another fine day in the upside-down world of C-BS News.

  • p geisel

    WASHINGTON – AUGUST 12, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) presents the Medal of Freedom to Kara Kennedy on behalf of her father, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), during a ceremony in the OH PLEASE HE IS NOT A REPUBLICAN (OBAMA(R) East Room of the White House August 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal, the highest civilian honor in the United States, to 16 recipients during the ceremony. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Lord Elrond

    Like someone said above. She lived 23 years longer than Mary Jo who Teddie KILLED. And conservatives are disgusting?

  • me321

    God doesn’t ask what your political party is, just how charitable you were in life

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