Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., has been found dead. On Wednesday, an employee of the Westchester County New York medical examiner’s office confirmed her death, but declined to provide further details toCNN.Her cause of death is not yet known.
Kennedy, who was 52, spent decades advocating for food allergy and asthma-related issues, according to a statement released after her death by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s family. She was a co-founder of the Food Allergy Initiative, the world’s largest private funding source for food allergy research. Founded in 1998, the FAI funds research seeking to cure allergies, improve diagnosis and treatment, or keep patients safe. Since its founding, the organization has raised more than $72 million to support food allergy research. The Initiative announced just weeks ago that it plans to merge with FAAN, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, according to an earlier news report.
Kennedy was also a gifted architect, and pioneer of green and energy efficient design. The family released a statement reading, in part, “We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her.” The food allergy community has lost a tireless advocate of food allergy issues this week.