Some adjectives used to describe the late Mrs. Kennedy were gentle, generous, kind and spirited. Mary Richardson Kennedy, 52, the estranged wife of Robert F Kennedy Jr, had suffered from drug and alcohol problems for years.
A childhood friend Kerry Kennedy, former wife of Andrew Cuomo Jr, Mrs. Kennedy married Robert F. Kennedt Jr., an environmental attorney, nephew of former President Kennedy and son of former Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Together they had four children. Mary Kennedy was an architect and designer and had overseen the renovation of the couple's home into an environmentally advanced work of art. Her family cited her devotion to her children in remembering her.
Robert Kennedy Jr's chief of staff issued a statement by the family saying something to the effect that Mary Kennedy was an incredible friend, a gifted architect, a pioneer and somewhat of trailblazing advocate of eco-friendly design who enhanced her cutting edge, energy efficient creations with exquisite taste and style.
Most considered her death premature, a casualty really, of drugs and alcohol. Although no cause of death has been released she will no doubt be known as another person connected to the Kennedy clan who has died.
She has had trouble with and struggled with drugs and alcohol, particularly in the public since 2010 when she was arrested two times around the time her husband filed for divorce. Mrs. Kennedy was first arrested on 15 May 2010 on a charge of driving while intoxicated after a police officer reported seeing her drive her car over a curb near her Bedford home. Police said she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11% - the legal limit is 0.08%. Her license was subsequently suspended. At the time of her sentencing, famous family and friends spoke out in support of her. Her mother-in-law, Ethel Kennedy, wrote a letter on her behalf saying that is was a caring, nourishing mother who had nursed her four children through lifelong bouts of debilitating maladies, according to accounts in Westchester's Journal News. Kerry Kennedy also came to her defense when she wrote that she wished her three daughters to be blessed with companions, confidantes, and friends like Mary Richardson Kennedy.