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The Kennedy family has long been plagued by tragedy and controversy.

John F. Kennedy Jr.:
John F. KennedyThe only son of the slain president, his wife and sister-in-law were killed in a plane crash en route to his cousin Rory Kennedy's wedding in Martha's Vineyard.
Michael Kennedy:
Michael KennedyThe sixth child of the late Robert F. Kennedy was killed Dec. 31 in a skiing accident at Aspen, Colo. He was 39. Earlier that year, he was accused of having an affair with his family's teenage babysitter.
William Kennedy Smith:
William Kennedy SmithThe nephew of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was acquitted Dec. 11 of raping a 30-year-old Jupiter, Fla., woman at the Kennedy estate in Palm Beach.
Patrick J. Kennedy:
Patrick J. KennedyThe teenage son of Sen. Edward Kennedy, now a Democratic congressman for Rhode Island, spent time in a drug rehabilitation clinic for a cocaine addiction.
David Kennedy:
The fourth child of Robert Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy died from a drug overdose Easter weekend in a Palm Beach hotel room. He was 28.

Edward Kennedy, Jr. Edward Kennedy Jr.:
The son of Sen. Edward Kennedy lost his right leg because of bone cancer.

Joseph Kennedy:
The eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy was involved in a car accident that left a female passenger paralyzed for life. He was convicted of reckless driving and fined $100.

Edward M. Kennedy:
Edward M. Kennedy The Massachusetts senator and brother of President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy drove a car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts July 18. Aide Mary Jo Kopechne was found dead later in the submerged vehicle.
Robert F. Kennedy:
Robert F. KennedyThe brother of President Kennedy and Sen. Edward Kennedy was shot and killed June 5 in Los Angeles after winning the California Democratic presidential primary. He was 42.
John F. Kennedy:
The son of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and the 35th president was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22. He was 46.

Patrick Bouvier Kennedy:
The son of President Kennedy was born prematurely and died three months before his father's assassination.

Kathleen Kennedy:
The daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy died in plane crash in 1948. She was 28.
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.:
The eldest son of Joseph Kennedy, the family's patriarch, and his wife, Rose. His plane went down over the English Channel during World War II. He was 29.
Rosemary Kennedy:
The daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy was institutionalized because of retardation and a failed lobotomy.

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