More on the Death of Mary Kennedy

More on the Death of Mary Kennedy

New details have emerged about the suicide of Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who was seen speaking to a police officer after Mary's body was discovered.

The medical examiner has just ruled her death "asphyxiation due to hanging"

Mary Kennedy hanged herself inside a barn behind her mansion in Westchester County, New York. She was found by her housekeeper around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and reportedly she did leave a suicide note. None of her four children was home, two were away at boarding school and the two youngest were with their father, Robert Kennedy Jr.

The Daily News headline says it all about Mary's final days: "Lost, Alone & Out of It," and "Her Camelot Dream Slowly Soured and Turned to Hell."

She was reportedly depressed and despondent over the collapse of her marriage and had turned to alcohol and prescription drugs. Just last month, American Express reportedly served her with a lawsuit over unpaid bills.    

INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent spoke to Kennedy family biographer, Laurence Leamer.

Leamer said, "I think the way she killed herself, everything about it, there is obviously immense anger there and sadness."

She married Bobby Jr. in 1994 and their four kids range in age from 11 to 18. The marriage went through many rocky times and was marked by rumors of his alleged infidelities. He has most recently been dating the actress Cheryl Hines, best known for her role in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Leamer said, "Any of us that got divorced and saw an ex-spouse with somebody younger and more attractive, saw pictures of that, it would be devastating."

When she took her own life, Mary Kennedy was all alone in a stunning mansion that she and Bobby Jr. had converted to an eco-friendly residence.

Shocked friends and family members have been visiting the Kennedy mansion non-stop to express their condolences.  

INSIDE EDITION spoke with a neighbor who was there to drop off flowers. She said, "Such a lady, classy, unbelievable."

The Kennedy family said in a statement that Mary was "... A genius at friendship, a tremendously gifted architect, and a pioneer ... Mary inspired our family with her kindness, her love, her gentle soul and generous spirit."

The New York Post headline said: "Kennedy Curse Strikes Again."

Bobby Jr., son of the assassinated Senator Robert Kennedy and nephew of JFK and Teddy. Two of Bobby Jr.'s brothers have also had shocking deaths -- David of a drug overdose in 1984 and Michael in a skiing accident in 1997.

Now, Mary Kennedy's death adds to the sad and tragic legacy of America's legendary political family.