The Kennedys: Fabled family dynasty has been touched by tragedy

Political Prowess: The Kennedy Dynasty

The Kennedy dynasty has been touched repeatedly by tragedy, most recently with the daughter and a grandson of Robert F Kennedy's eldest daughter going missing on a canoe trip.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, eight, did not return to shore at Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, on Thursday.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said in a statement: "With profound sadness, I share the news that the search for my beloved daughter Maeve and grandson Gideon has turned from rescue to recovery."

Here are some other instances which have hit the family:

– Joseph R Kennedy Jr

Died in a plane crash during the Second World War aged 29.

– Rosemary Kennedy

Had been institutionalised since 1941 because of mental health problems and due to the effects of a failed lobotomy. She died in 2005.

– Kathleen Kennedy

Married William John Robert Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington. He was killed in the Second World War, she later died in a plane crash in 1948 aged 28.

– President John F Kennedy

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(L-R) Mrs. John F. Kennedy, wearing yellow silk shantung suit and matching pillbox hat, US President John F. Kennedy, French President Charles De Gaulle during Kennedy visit to Paris. (Photo by Hank Walker/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
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Three-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes as the casket of his father, the late President John F. Kennedy, as he's carried from St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on November 25, 1963.

Sen. Robert Kennedy wipes his brow as he catches a few moments of rest on steps at downtown hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, May 15, 1968, before one of several press conferences. Kennedy scored a smashing victory in the Nebraska Presidential Primary on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Larry Stoddard)
FILE-- This July 22, 1969 file photo shows U.S. Sen Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., arriving back at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., after attending the funeral of Mary Jo Kopechne in Pennsylvania. A new feature film is in the works about the tragedy on the small Massachusetts island nearly a half century ago that rocked the Kennedy political dynasty. Kopechne drowned when a car driven by Kennedy went off a bridge on Chappaquiddick, a small island in Edgartown, Mass., on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard in July 1969. (AP Photo/Frank C. Curtin, File)
FILE - This July 19, 1969 file photo shows U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's car being pulled from the water next to the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Edgartown, Mass. on Martha's Vineyard. A new feature film is in the works about the tragedy on the small Massachusetts island nearly a half century ago that rocked the Kennedy political dynasty. Kennedy's passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, was trapped in the car after it went off the bridge and died. (AP Photo, File)
Photos and a vase of flowers are displayed in the lobby of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, the day after Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, last surviving brother in an American political dynasty, died at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. Kennedy will lie in repose at the Presidential Library before the funeral. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Photographs and political buttons hang on the wall of Sen. Edward Kennedy's Office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Mrs. Jehan Sadat, left, wife of Egypt President Anwar Sadat, presents an alabaster vase which once belonged to King Djoner of the third dynasty, the builder of the Step Pyramids at Sakkara, to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1973 in Washington. Roger L. Stevens, chairman of the Kennedy center, accepts the four thousand year old vase, right foreground, as Sen. and Mrs. Edward M. Kennedy, right, and Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, behind Stevens, applauds. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi
Sen. Robert Kennedy of New York and Jim Whittaker of Seattle, Wash., pull on a tow line to help free a stuck ski plane at the base site at Mt. Kennedy in Yukon Territory 150 miles west of Whitehorse, Canada, March 23, 1965. Sen. Kennedy hopes to climb the 13,900 foot peak named in honor of his brother, John F. Kennedy, with a group of experienced climbers led by Whittaker, the first American to scale Mt. Everest. The mountain is the highest unclimbed peak in North America. (AP Photo)
Sen. Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.), left, and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), leave the Capitol, Oct. 21, 1965 after a surprise request by the younger brother won approval of the Senate. The Massachusetts senator, in an emotional speech to colleagues, asked that Francis X. Morrissey nomination for a federal judgeship be sent back to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The senate did as the younger Senator Kennedy asked. (AP Photo/Henry Griffin)
Joseph Kennedy Jr., eldest son of the U.S. envoy to Britain, goes out skating with skating champion Megan Taylor in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 1939. (AP Photo)
In this April 11, 1938 photo, Teddy Kennedy, center, and his sister Jean attend the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, London, as their father, the new American ambassador, Joseph Kennedy, paid a call on the king. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night, Aug. 25, 2009, at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo)
Sen. John Kennedy chews on his glasses as he listens to Teamster boss James Hoffa during recent Senate Rackets Committee hearing in Washington, Oct. 31, 1957. The investigation of corruption in the Teamsters Union helped boost the presidential aspirations of the 40-year-old Massachusetts Democrat. Nationwide polls have established Kennedy as the early favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960. The popular young senator isn't committing himself, but political observers say he is looking more and more like a candidate all the time. (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
FILE - This July 19, 1969 file photo shows the wreckage of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's car after being pulled from the water next to the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard. A new feature film is in the works about the tragedy on the small Massachusetts island nearly a half century ago that rocked the Kennedy political dynasty. Mary Jo Kopechne, a passenger in the car, was trapped in the car and died, after Kennedy drove his car off the bridge in July 1969. (AP Photo)
U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy with Commonwealth Secretary Mr. Herbert Bowden at the Commonwealth Relations Office. January 1967 P007213 (Photo by Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

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President John F. Kennedy applauds his brother, Senator Edward Kennedy, at a Democratic party fundraising dinner on October 19, 1963. | Location: Commonwealth Armory, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Press Herald file photo -- TED KENNEDY: LAST OF A DYNASTY -- Sen. Ted Kennedy campaigning on Nov. 4, 1978, for Maine Sen. Bill Hathaway. (Photo by Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
380959 03: FILE PHOTO: Eunice Shriver seen with a mentally handicapped child in Paris 1969. Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics was on a trip to Europe preparing children for the 1970 Special Olympics. (Photo by Liaison)
A photograph of the Kennedy family hangs on the wall of Sen. Edward Kennedy's, D-Mass. office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Kennedy, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The empty office of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Kennedy, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963 aged 46.

– Patrick Kennedy

The president's son Patrick was born prematurely in 1963 and died two days later, three months before his father's assassination.

– John F Kennedy Jr

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President Kennedy's children Caroline and John, whose hand is held by the Duke of Edinburgh (far right) before the memorial to their assassinated father at Runnymede (PA)

Killed with his wife and sister-in-law when their small plane crashed off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in 1999. He was 38.

– Robert F Kennedy

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Senator Robert F Kennedy (PA)

Assassinated in Los Angeles in June 1968. He was 42.

– David Kennedy

RFK's son died in 1984 of a drug overdose in a hotel after being ousted from the family holiday home at Palm Beach. He was 28.

– Joseph Kennedy

He was involved in a 1973 car accident that left a female passenger paralysed for life.

– Michael Kennedy

RFK's son was killed in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado, aged 39 in 1997.

– Edward M Kennedy

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Senator Ted Kennedy (Niall Carson/PA))

Drove a car off a bridge on Massachusetts' Chappaquiddick Island in 1969 after a party, killing aide Mary Jo Kopechne. She was 28.

– Edward Kennedy Jr

His right leg had to be amputated in 1973 because of cancer.

– Patrick Kennedy

The former congressman sought treatment for cocaine addiction as a teenager in 1986.

– Mary Richardson Kennedy

The estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr took her own life in May 2012 aged 52.

– Saoirse Kennedy Hill

Died aged 22 of a drugs overdose after being found unresponsive at a home at the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod in 2019.

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