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|Michael LeMoyne Kennedy|
|Born||)February 27, 1958
|Died||December 31, 1997) (aged 39)
Aspen, Colorado, United States of America
|Alma mater||Harvard College
Univ. of Virginia - Law
|Spouse(s)||Victoria Denise Gifford
(m.1981–1997; his death)
|Children||Michael LeMoyne Kennedy, Jr.
Kyle Francis Kennedy
Rory Gifford Kennedy
|Parents||Robert F. Kennedy
They had three children: Michael LeMoyne Jr. (born January 9, 1983), Kyle Francis (born July 6, 1984), and Rory Gifford (born November 14, 1987), and were residing in Cohasset, Massachusetts until his death in December 1997.
In 1997, the news broke that Michael, Sr. was having an affair with the family's former babysitter. Allegations were reported that the affair had begun three years before, when the babysitter was 14 years old, although Kennedy took and passed three lie detector tests claiming he had not had sex with the Cohasset teen until she was 16 years old, the legal age of consent in Massachusetts at the time. 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 in to a Maryland 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.
Kennedy died December 31, 1997 in a skiing accident in Aspen Mountain, Colorado. He was playing football while on skis 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 stated that the family had been previously warned by the ski patrol to cease the activity. Others have stated that the ski patrol issued no such warnings.
- Gibbs, Nancy; McCarthy, Terry; Faltermayer, Charlotte; Witkowski, Tom (January 12, 1998). "The Kennedy Family: Tragedy Strikes Again". Time. p. 2. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
- Gibbs, Nancy; McCarthy, Terry; Faltermayer, Charlotte; Witkowski, Tom (January 12, 1998). "The Kennedy Family: Tragedy Strikes Again". Time. p. 3. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2009.
- Time - "Letters: Feb. 2, 1998", 1998-02-02, accessed 2009-10-27.