Mary Kennedy died “due to hanging”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, died from “asphyxiation due to hanging,” the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Thursday.

The autopsy was conducted earlier Thursday and the ME’s office referred all further questions to the Bedford Police Department.

The 52-year-old architect and second wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was confirmed dead by the Bedford police, who responded to a phone call placed at 1:36 p.m. Wednesday to investigate what was described at the time as an “unattended death.” The police has confirmed that Mary Kennedy was “located inside an out building” on her property when her body was discovered.

Some media outlets reported Thursday that she had been first discovered by a housekeeper, and the New York Post alleged that Mary Kennedy had also left a note.

“She was deeply troubled, abusing alcohol and prescription meds,” a source identified as a close family friend told the Post.

Mary Kennedy married Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, in 1994 and had four children. She was known to have suffered problems with drugs and alcohol.

- Politico

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