Skip to comments.Kara Kennedy, Daughter Of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Has Died At Age 51
Posted on 09/17/2011 8:38:09 AM PDT by Red Badger
BOSTON (CBS) Kara Kennedy, the only daughter of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, has died.
A Kennedy family friend confirmed to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that the 51-year-old Kennedy passed away after reportedly suffering a heart attack.
In 2009, she accepted the Medal of Freedom on behalf of her father, who was home battling cancer.
Kennedy battled lung cancer in the past, but her cancer had been in remission since 2003.
This family is so tragic. I am sorry to hear this. May the Lord bless the Kennedy’s during this time. How much does a family have to bear? I know they are democrats but all these deaths seems rather unfair to me.
Talk about a hard-luck family...what are the odds...?
Oh please. People drop dead every day and don't get beatified like every Kennedy seems o. We've heard far too much of this family and their losses, and far too little of the losses of our troops in the field and the children they leave behind. I pray for Kara and her family.
any bio data?..married..kids?
You are right this is horrible news. I just hope this family can stay strong.
Interesting. Word in Minneapolis is that Elanor Mondale, also 51, has died today after fighting cancer.
You’re right, this family is no more tragic than millions of other families. Because there’s so many of them and because they are so famous, we just hear more.
A woman who was 51 and not overweight? I wonder if she had a congenital defect of some kind. How sad.
A shame. She has two teenage children. I remember meeting her in 1980 when her father was running for President against Jimmy Carter.
Thanks...she was happily married for 25 years..two teenage kids....prayers for her family..and she was totally out of the public eye..not a hint of a scandal..
In September 1990, she and Michael Allen, a professional sailor, were married at the Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Massachusetts
They have two children: Grace Kennedy Allen (born September 19, 1994, in Washington, D.C.) and Max Greathouse Allen (born December 20, 1996, in Rockville, Maryland).
Married. 2 children, 15 & 17.
She had a heart attack at a health club.
RIP Kara Kennedy.
As much as I despise this family’s politics they are cursed. Without question. Very sad.
Exo 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Kara passed away from an apparent heart attack while at a Washington, D.C. health club.
The irony is a head shaker.
>>> Talk about a hard-luck family...what are the odds...?
Precisely 100%. Everybody dies. With a large extended family, some die sooner then others.
Married with two kids under age 20. Originally diagnosed as inoperable but apparently being a Kennedy has perks. I did read that two of Ted’s three kids had cancer, the third had a non-cancerous tumor removed from his spine. Even the ex wife had breast cancer.
In less than 3 years, we lost my daughter, brother, bil, mom and about 25/30 aunts, uncles and cousins. Then in a 10 month period of time my aunt lost all 3 of her daughters to cancer. People just do not hear about the average citizen’s deaths. My aunt died about 2 weeks ago.
Obviously genetic...didn’t Joan (Ted’s ex) have breast cancer...however, since both Joan and Ted were drunks..maybe alcohol DOES kill cancer cells..
Left out my dear husband who died of liver cancer in 06.
My mother in law always said that when it's your time, it's your time. She never worried about anything.
Wow....another surprise..can you confirm...just realize, when you mentioned her name, that she’d pretty much disappeared from the public eye for some years. IIRC, she was doing OK as a talkign head, and wasn’t she dating someone famous for a while..
I’m very sorry, MamaB.
Deepest sympathies to you and your, MamaB. You suffered alot of sadness and grief
Chemotherapy and radiation can cause heart damage. My mother, who didn’t have a history of heart trouble, had a minor heart attack while undergoing chemo for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I am happy to say that she’s been in remission for over 10 years and is doing well.
This is a tragic death, but I disagree that the family is tragic. There are accidents, deaths, and disease galore in any extended family. Many families suffer this much and worse, they're just not newsworthy as far as the media is concerned.
An administrative law judge I knew who ran several miles every day had a heart attack and died at the age of about 48. He had young kids.
For many, their first heart attack is both the first time they knew they had a problem and the fatal heart attack.
Also, a cub scout leader we knew who was a physician, the only thin one in the bunch, died at my son’s cub scout camp in the pool. Massive heart attack.
I agree with you M-i-L.
Thanks for posting the info. I didn’t realize TK had a daughter. Must have been something underlying for her to have sudden cardiac death at 51, very sad. I am sort of curious as to what a professional sailor does.
My father in law had both, but didn't survive. He passed away a year after my husband and I were married, six months after he was diagnosed.
Is there a family that isn't?
The hardest death we had to deal with was my daughter’s. It was so hard to lose a child no matter her age. My mom died in January, 2007 just a few months before her 103rd birthday. Now, her whole family is together again. The night after my aunt died, I woke up in the middle of the night singing, “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be”. That is how they would want us to act. My mom does have a cousin still living at the age of 105. Went to see her when I was down last weekend and she is amazing.
So very young. Sad.
I had a granddaughter (by marriage) that died at age 19 in a single car accident. No witnesses. A reason for the crash was never found. She was on her way to my house in her "new" car.
We all deal with hurt and tragedy. It's why we can empathize with others. We know it hurts.
We are doing ok. God is still in the miracle business because our family could not have handled all of this without His help. One of the hardest things we have had to come to terms with is that we are the oldest generation now. We are not that old! : )
Me too. I read that and thought "what?!"
No parent should survive their child, I am so sorry for your loss. I do understand.
And I love old people! They are so much fun! We went to my Hubby's aunts 100th B'Day. It was a big gathering. She wanted to open her presents but her daughter said "No Mom. Tomorrow. You're tired." Auntie said "No I'm not! YOU are! I wanna know what I got!" LOL
What does that mean? Merchant Marine? Yachting? Didn’t find much w/ Google.
“How much does a family have to bear?”
Gimme a break. The family acquired their celebrity status via criminal activities and colossal unethical political dealings. As Catholics, they should understand God’s judgment. Y’know... the ol’ “sow and reap” thing.
According to Wiki, she had lung cancer by that time. I imagine that would keep those excess pound off.
As I mentioned in a diff thread the daughter of Walter Mondale, Eleanor, also just passed away—same age, 51.
Sometimes these things can be so sudden. Co-worker of mine,
wonderful person, wife and mother, seemed to be in great health...went outside on her break and was found hours later—sudden brain aneurysm. She was only 48...
It's a strange thing to put as a profession.