Robert Kennedy Jr's Wife Found Dead at 52

In what is an unfortunate recurring theme for the Kennedy family, another of its members has died fairly young and under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Today police discovered the body of Mary Kennedy, who is the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr, at her home. The couple filed for divorce back in 2010, after 16 years of marriage, but it was never finalized. They have four children together.

Very few details have been released, but her body was discovered in an "outbuilding" on the Kennedy property in Mount Kisco, New York. No cause of death has been given, but the 52-year-old has a history of drug and alcohol problems. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. The family of Robert Kennedy issued a statement saying, "Mary inspired our family with her kindness, her love, her gentle soul and generous spirit."

Mary Richardson Kennedy, wife of RFK Jr., found dead in New York [LA Times]