Michael LeMoyne Kennedy

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Michael LeMoyne Kennedy
Born (1958-02-27)February 27, 1958
Washington, D.C.
Died December 31, 1997(1997-12-31) (aged 39)
Aspen, Colorado, United States
Cause of death
Skiing accident
Alma mater Harvard College
Univ. of Virginia - Law
Political party
Democratic
Religion Catholic
Spouse(s) Victoria Denise Gifford
(m.1981–1997; his death)
Children Michael LeMoyne Kennedy, Jr.
Kyle Francis Kennedy
Rory Kennedy
Parents Robert F. Kennedy
Ethel Kennedy

Michael LeMoyne Kennedy (February 27, 1958 – December 31, 1997) was the sixth of eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel.

Education[edit]

Kennedy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard College in 1980, and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984.

Personal life[edit]

Michael Kennedy married Victoria Gifford, daughter of former pro-football player and sportscaster Frank Gifford[1] and Maxine Avis Ewart, on March 14, 1981, in New York City.[citation needed]

They had three children: Michael LeMoyne, Jr. (born January 9, 1983), Kyle Francis (born July 6, 1984), and Rory (born November 14, 1987), and were residing in Cohasset, Massachusetts until his death in December 1997.[citation needed]

In 1997, the news broke that Michael, Sr. was having an affair with the family's former babysitter. Allegations were reported that the affair had begun three years before, when the babysitter was 14 years old, although Kennedy took and passed three lie detector tests claiming he had not had sex with the Cohasset teen until she was 16 years old, the legal age of consent in Massachusetts at the time. Kennedy was placed under investigation for statutory rape.[2] However, the babysitter did not cooperate with prosecutors.[citation needed] Shortly after the scandal began, Michael Kennedy and his wife separated.[2] After the affair, Michael Kennedy checked himself into a Maryland rehab center for alcoholics.[2]

Career[edit]

Michael Kennedy was the head of his brother Joe's non-profit organization, Citizens Energy Corporation. He also helped organize his uncle Ted Kennedy's re-election campaign against Mitt Romney in 1994.

Death[edit]

Kennedy died December 31, 1997 in a skiing accident in Aspen Mountain, Colorado. He was playing football while on skis with several other members of the Kennedy family when he hit a tree. Kennedy was not wearing a helmet or other safety equipment. Some have stated that the family had been previously warned by the ski patrol to cease the activity.[1] Others have stated that the ski patrol issued no such warnings.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gibbs, Nancy; McCarthy, Terry; Faltermayer, Charlotte; Witkowski, Tom (January 12, 1998). "The Kennedy Family: Tragedy Strikes Again". Time. p. 2. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Gibbs, Nancy; McCarthy, Terry; Faltermayer, Charlotte; Witkowski, Tom (January 12, 1998). "The Kennedy Family: Tragedy Strikes Again". Time. p. 3. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ Time - "Letters: Feb. 2, 1998", 1998-02-02, accessed 2009-10-27.

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