Nightly News | May 16, 2012
>>> good evening. shortly before going on the air tonight, we learned of another tragedy to strike the kennedy family . mary kennedy , the mother of four children of robert f. kennedy jr . has been found dead alt the family home in new york . the estranged wife of the son of the late senator from new york suffered from public struggles in recent years including several brushes with the law, but again, another tragedyied for this prominent family. andrea mitchell has more on what we know at this hour.
>> good evening, brian. mary's death, according to local reports, possibly a suicide, is only the latest tragedy to afflict a family that has known far too many. mary richardson kennedy, mother of their four children, was found in her westchester county home. she was in one of the buildings on the bedford new york property. she was goo years old. there had been incidents, at least one arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, three days after the kennedys officially separated in 2010 . mary kennedy crashed her car and failed a sobriety test, eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. in recent years, her husband has been seen with cheryl hines , with whom he has worked cleesly on environmental causes . he was 9 years 0e8d when his uncle was assassinated. only 14 when his own father was gunned down in june of 1968 . robert f. kennedy jr . lost two younger brothers . david died of a drug overdose in easter weekend in 1984 . michael was killed in a skiing accident in aspen in 1997 . then the cousins. john f. kennedy jr . lost in a plane crash . carry, and the loss of his beloved uncle teddy three years ago. mary kennedy 's family said, quote, we deeply regret the death of our beloved sister mary who will be missed by those who loved her. our heart goes out to our children who she loved without reservation. the children range in age from 10