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Michael LeMoyne Kennedy

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 University (A.B.)
University of Virginia (J.D.)
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
Parent(s) 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 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Career 3
  • Death 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Kennedy was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard College in 1980, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984.

Personal life

Michael Kennedy was 5 years old when his uncle, President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated and 10 years old when his father, presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy, also was assassinated.

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.

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.

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. 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] The babysitter, however, did not cooperate with prosecutors. 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]


Michael Kennedy was the head of his brother Ted Kennedy's re-election campaign against Mitt Romney in 1994.


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 at approximately 4:15 p.m. 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] Following the accident Kennedy was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m.[4]

He was interred on January 3, 1998, in the family plot at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Gibbs, Nancy; McCarthy, Terry; Faltermayer, Charlotte; Witkowski, Tom (January 12, 1998). "The Kennedy Family: Tragedy Strikes Again".  
  2. ^ a b c Gibbs, Nancy; McCarthy, Terry; Faltermayer, Charlotte; Witkowski, Tom (January 12, 1998). "The Kennedy Family: Tragedy Strikes Again".  
  3. ^ Time - "Letters: Feb. 2, 1998", 1998-02-02, accessed 2009-10-27.
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