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Mary Kennedy Died Of Asphyxiation, Medical Examiner Reports

Atlanta 5/17/2012 11:34 PM GMT (WooEB)

An autopsy performed on Mary Kennedy Thursday morning determined she died of asphyxiation due to hanging, the Westchester County medical examiner has announced. Sources tell ABC News Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy, hanged herself in the garage of her Mount Kisco, New York home. A housekeeper found her body Wednesday afternoon. Mary was 52.

The Kennedy family confirmed Mary’s passing in a statement. "It is with deep sadness that the family of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. mourns the loss of Mary Richardson Kennedy, wife and mother of their four beloved children. Mary inspired our family with her kindness, her love, her gentle soul and generous spirit," a statement said.

Mary was an architect specializing in green design. She wed Robert Kennedy, the son of former New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, in 1994 when she was pregnant with their first child. Robert filed for divorce in May 2010 and is currently rumored to be dating actress Cheryl Hines.

In addition to Robert, Mary is survived by their four children.

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