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Michael Kennedy
Born February 27, 1958(1958-02-27)
Washington, D.C.
Died December 31, 1997 (aged 39)
Aspen, Colorado
Alma mater Harvard College
Univ. of Virginia - Law
Political party Democratic
Religious beliefs Catholic
Spouse(s) Victoria Gifford
(1981-97; until his death)
Children Michael LeMoyne Kennedy Jr.
Kyle Frances Kennedy
Rory Gifford Kennedy
Parents Robert F. Kennedy
Ethel Skakel

Michael LeMoyne Kennedy (February 27, 1958 – December 31, 1997), was the sixth of eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. He was a nephew of the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator of Massachusetts Edward M. Kennedy.



Kennedy graduated with a B.S. from Harvard College in 1980, and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984.

Personal life

Michael Kennedy married Victoria Gifford (b. February 20, 1957),[1] daughter of former pro football player and sportscaster Frank Gifford and Maxine Avis Ewart, on March 14, 1981 in New York City.

They had three children:

Michael Kennedy and family resided in Cohasset, Massachusetts where his children attended Cohasset Public Schools before transferring to Milton Academy.

In 1997, the news broke that Michael Kennedy was having an affair with the family's former babysitter. Allegedly, the affair had begun three years before when the babysitter was fourteen years old, and Kennedy was placed under investigation for statutory rape. However, the babysitter did not cooperate with prosecutors. Shortly after the scandal began, Michael Kennedy and his wife separated. After the affair, Michael Kennedy checked himself into a rehab center for alcoholics.


Michael Kennedy was the head of his brother Joe's non-profit organization, Citizens Energy Corporation. He also helped organize his uncle Ted Kennedy's re-election campaign against Mitt Romney in 1994.


Michael Kennedy died at the end of 1997 in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. He was playing ski-football with several other members of the Kennedy family when he hit a tree. Kennedy was not wearing a helmet or other safety equipment. Some have alleged that the family had been previously warned by the ski patrol to cease the activity.[2] Others have noted that the ski patrol issued no such warnings.[3]

See also


  1. ^ American Experience | The Kennedys | Kennedy Family Tree | PBS
  2. ^ Time - "The Kennedy Family: Tragedy Strikes Again," 1998-01-12, accessed 2009-08-30
  3. ^ Time - "Letters: Feb. 2, 1998", 1998-02-02, accessed 2009-10-27.

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