Mary Kennedy Death Caused By Asphyxiation Hanging

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife Mary Kennedy died as a result of asphyxiation by hanging, confirming a report that surfaced yesterday.

Now it's official, according to the Westchester County medical examiner.

The medical examiner's report does not use the word "suicide," although it's being widely reported (and probably accurate) that Mary committed suicide.

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Police found Mary Kennedy dead yesterday afternoon at her home in Bedford, N.Y. She was already dead by the time authorities arrived at the home.

According to the Bedford Police Department, officers responded to Mary's home to investigate a possible "unattended death," meaning no one saw it.

Mary and RFK Jr., the son of Robert F. Kennedy and the nephew of president John F. Kennedy, had four children. They separated back in 2010.

Her death marked the final event in a life that had turned tumultuous of late and adds yet another dark moment in the Kennedy family's history.

Psychologists said events in her recent history, such as reports of alcohol and drug abuse and psychiatric problems, pointed to an increased risk of suicide.