Mary Richardson Kennedy Committed Suicide, Report Says

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, was "depressed and despondent" before committing suicide this week, according to a new report.

Police found Mary Kennedy dead at her Mount Kisco, N.Y., home Wednesday.

Radar Online is reporting that the 52-year-old hanged herself in a barn, though officials have not commented publicly on Mary Kennedy's cause of death.

A longtime friend, who spoke to Mary Monday, said they were sadly not surprised, as she faced mounting financial woes at the end of her marriage.

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"I spoke to Mary on Monday and she sounded extremely down," the source said. "She was depressed and despondent and worried about the future."

"Mary said she was facing financial ruin, with American Express coming after her hard for an outstanding debt, along with several other creditors."

"In addition, she was concerned that Robert was about to substantially reduce the amount of financial support he gave her and she'd lose her home."

Mary was married to the son of Robert F. Kennedy for 16 years, before he filed for divorce in May 2010. The couple had four children together.

While estranged from RFK Jr., Mary lived at the family home in Mount Kisco, while Robert spent the majority of his time in Los Angeles, Calif.

"Robert still supported Mary and was there for her whenever he could be, but he had pretty much moved on," a source said of the couple.

"He has been dating Cheryl Hines for a while now and they are very happy."

The source says Mary Kennedy was struggling to come to terms with the end of their marriage, despite Robert having filed for divorce two years ago.

"It was very tough for Mary to deal with Robert dating someone else," the source says. "And it really didn't help that the new woman is a celebrity."

"She would see photos of the two of them together and it would drive her nuts. I think, deep down, she had still harbored a belief they would get back together but it had recently become blindingly clear that wasn't to be."

"Mary was in a very dark place recently. Robert tried to help her all he could but it was difficult for him to be around her. Robert is committed to his sobriety but Mary had chosen a whole different path to take."

"When I heard the news that she may have taken her own life I was devastated, but not that surprised. It was in the back of my mind that she may do something like this, and that was compounded by the conversation I had with her.

"However she died though, this is an absolute tragedy. Mary was an amazing and beautiful person and she absolutely adored her children."

"It is a devastating loss to all that knew her."

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another kennedy disposes of a woman they were married to. it never ends.....they are scum.

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In an above post, someone talked about the money and success in that family as though they were bedazzled by such fame and power, etc --- but there has been no money or success in that family for years: just substantial incidents of drug and alcohol dependence, chronic infidelity, fast driving and wrecklessness in almost every aspect of life. Robert Kennedy Jr, whose career as an attorney was likely ruined by the heroin case against him when he was a young man, has his own demons. It isn't the first marriage of his to fail. And he has always craved celebrity. It is sad that Mary Richardson met him as she was obviously deeply affected by the deeply pernicious maelstrom surrounding the current adult generation of Kennedy's who may in fact all live by non-traditional norms that would be depressing to most outsiders were they to be thrust into such a strange, promiscuous environment.

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culpability

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How can anyone think Robert Jr. doesn't have some culability in this tragedy?
Have you considered his womanizing caused her to dull her pain with booze and drugs?

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The (2) recent posts here reflect the truth(s) behind a clan we all continue to "admire",when in fact,the (2) who should be admired both were assassinated long ago,unfortunately!....It was Joe(not Robert Jr)who was driving a Jeep in 1973,drunk,which rolled over breaking the back of his brother David(who died of an O.D. in 1984)--and did in fact paralyze his girlfriend for life!(the Kennedy's graciously have paid her medical expenses though)....Ole' smiley Joe got a hand-slap,and no injury of mention...Robert,Jr. however was arrested 10 years later in 1983,in South Dakota,trying to board a plane with heroin in his bag--but being a "first time offender",his record was sealed/shredded after he met the judge's requirements!.....Marrying into this clan is a death-sentence as being born into it so it seems...que sera sera

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So sad that she was so low that she committed suicide with 3 children 18 and younger. Maybe she thought they would be better off without her (typical of parental suicide). Whatever - I feel so sorry for their children. This will damage them for life.

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Ok,so she loved her kids(but killed herself on the property they all lived),and now leave them to the sole custody of their father!?(who correct me if I'm wrong,was DWI,rolled over a dune buggy on Cape Cod,circa 1972,in which an "unknown,non-famous kid" got paralyzed out of)--yet smiley RFK,jr. got away with it!?....So she is 6 months pregnant,and he is still married(when she married him),but now ends her life,and leaves her loved ones behind???....I do feel for her(as she ain't kin by blood),but alimony couldn't keep you afloat,and now he won!...WoW!...Them Damn Yankees & Them Damn Kennedy's!

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Another Dead Kennedy!? (What happened to the rock-band with the same name!?)...It is too bad,but this stuff happens all the time,but the Kennedy's get ALL the attention based on their name!...Price to be paid for money & success,and remember all their wealth came from Big Papi Joe Sr bootlegging during prohibition!...illegal activities,yet we idolize and worship this clan!...why?

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My deepest condolences to the families: hers and his. And to their beautiful children: both of your parents have contributed to much good in this world, and your Mother knew she was loved. This is the result of severe, clinical depression, or a mood disorder such as Bipolar, which fuels the desire for numbing, like the use of alcohol. Instead of framing this as your mother taking her own life, it's more accurate to say that the Disease of Depression caused your Mother's death. This is no one's "fault". To Robert Kennedy, Jr., I wish you Peace.

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It is a sad tragedy that she had tooken her own life. But don't go blaming Robert Kennedy or his girlfriend. Mary was going through a lot and it doesn't help that she chose to drink and do drugs to help cope . If anything I feel for her children. A family member of mine committed sucide . Because he was in a unstable place in life. But to blame her husband and his girlfriend is wrong. He had chose to move on and be happy. And Mary knew that. And you have to give the guy credit at least he was still trying to help her financially and be there for her as a friend. If anything Mary needed to be around her family and TRUE friends that actually care about her well being . Then maybe she would be alive .