The sister of Patrick Kennedy collapsed at her D.C.-area gym

By Charlotte Triggs
September 17, 2011 02:00 PM
Brian Snyder/AP

Kara Kennedy, the eldest daughter of former Senator Ted Kennedy, and sister of Patrick Kennedy, died suddenly on Friday, the family confirms. She was 51.

She was working out in a Washington D.C.-area gym at the time, the Associated Press reports.

“She’s with dad,” Patrick Kennedy said. Their father died in 2009 at age 77 after battling a brain tumor.

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Kara, who helped work on her father’s senatorial campaign, was also a cancer survivor. In 2003, she had a malignant tumor removed from her lungs. According to her brother Patrick, the cancer treatment “took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically. Her heart gave out.”

Kara, who was divorced, is survived by her two teenage children.