12 Major Tragedies That Befell the Kennedys
The Kennedy last name is attached to key points in history, and we're just not talking about Jackie's iconic style. The Kennedy Curse is real and has stretched over decades; John F. Kennedy's assassination may be the most well-known of the Kennedy tragedies, but the family has endured some heartbreaking sufferings dating back even before that. Between young deaths and freak accidents, the famous last name comes with a list of unfortunate outcomes. Here is the timeline of crazy incidents for their misfortune to be given such a title.
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Dies in a Plane Crash
President John F. Kennedy's older brother was 29 when he passed away. Joseph was a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. In 1944, he was testing a drone that was loaded with 20,000 pounds of explosives. The aircraft exploded over the English Channel.
Kathleen Kennedy Dies in a Plane Crash
It's been reported that JFK's sister Kathleen defied her parents' wishes by marrying the man she loved, William "Billy" Cavendish. They were only married for one month when Billy was shot by a German sniper. In 1948, the 28-year-old widow died in a plane crash along with her 37-year-old British lover, Peter Fitzwilliams — who was married.
Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy Gets in a Plane Crash
The senator lived to tell the tale when his plane went down on the way to Massachusetts in June 1964. His brother, President JFK, had just been assassinated seven months before. The plane took a dive after heading into murky weather. Ted survived but suffered a broken back that kept him in the hospital for five months.
Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy Drives Car Off a Cliff
. . . and he cheated death, again. Mary Jo Kopechne, on the other hand, wasn't so lucky. She died in that Chappaquiddick Island accident in 1969. Ted was planning to run for the presidency, but this controversial accident ended those dreams.
Senator Robert F. Kennedy's Assassination
In June 1968, JFK's younger brother, Robert, was campaigning for the Democratic Party in Los Angeles. He was just 43 years old when Sirhan Sirhan killed him. Sirhan remains in a California prison and has been denied parole 15 times.
David Kennedy Dies From a Drug Overdose
In 1984, one of RFK's sons, David, died from a drug overdose in a Palm Beach hotel. He was just 28 years old. It was reported that he had cocaine and other drugs in his system.
Michael Kennedy Dies in Aspen
Michael, one of RFK's grandchildren, passed away in a skiing accident in 1997. Before that, he allegedly had an affair with his kids' babysitter — who was 14 years old.
JFK Jr. and His Wife Die in a Plane Crash
Tragedy stroke again on July 16, 1999. JFK Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, were on a plane along with Carolyn's sister. As they were traveling off the coast of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, the plane crashed.
Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy Gets a Deadly Diagnosis
Kara Kennedy Dies After a Workout
In September 2011, the daughter of Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy had just finished working out at a health club when she had a heart attack and died.
Mary Kennedy Commits Suicide
Mary filed for divorce from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in 2010. On May 16, 2012, she hung herself at the age of 52. It was reported that she had alcohol and drug abuse problems, as well as psychiatric issues.