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(NEW YORK) — Mary Richardson Kennedy, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., died of asphyxiation by hanging, according to New York’s Westchester County Medical Examiner’s office.

Mary Richardson Kennedy’s body was found Wednesday in an outbuilding on the couple’s property in Bedford, N.Y. Her death marked the final event in a life that had turned tumultuous of late and adds yet another dark moment to the Kennedy family’s history.

Kennedy, 52, had four children with her husband, the son of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, to whom she’d been married for 16 years.

In September 2007, the Westchester Journal News reported that Robert F. Kennedy Jr., worried about his wife’s mental state, had tried to drive her to a psychologist’s office. She resisted and ran from the car into the road, according to police reports.

The couple filed for divorce in 2010, a day after police arrived at the couple’s Bedford home in response to a “domestic incident” during which Mary Kennedy was allegedly intoxicated, according to the Journal News.

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