One of political America’s most famous and favorite families has suffered yet another tragedy. The Global Post reports that Kara Kennedy Allen, 51, died Friday night of an apparent heart attack. Unlike many of the Kennedy’s, Kara, a mother of two, kept a low public profile but stayed active with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and also served on the board for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. According to CBS News, Kennedy Allen graduated from Tufts University and battled lung cancer. She had been in remission since 2003.
Kara Kennedy Allen with her father, Ted Kennedy in 2008. Photo: New York Post
Many people in the media and politics are reeling from her death. Senator Brown of Massachusetts recently tweeted, “Saddened to hear Kara Kennedy Allen has died suddenly. Gail and I send our sympathies to the entire family.” Share The Mic, an organization that signs artists and then partners them with a cause they are passionate about also posted a message on Twitter, “Kara Kennedy, Daughter of Former Senator, Dies at 51: http://nyti.ms/pGuEkr filmmaker, tv producer, & a beautiful person and patron to society.” Dana Kennedy (no relation), an American reporter based in France recently added her personal view the New York Times article on Kennedy Allen’s death, “Kara Kennedy Allen, Daughter of Edward M. Kennedy, Dies: I feel like something is missing from this strange story. http://nyti.ms/qsx2Em.” As one of the first to report Kennedy Allen’s death, Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News recently tweeted, “Kara recently co-produced film for Edward M. Kennedy Institute, she served on board, and her children were “the light and joy of her life.” One Twitter member, Leslie Perry, posted her thoughts which reflect what many are feeling, “SO YOUNG TO DIE.”
The New York Times recently reported that Kara wrote an article in April for The Boston Globe Magazine on the Kennedy Institute’s upcoming groundbreaking. In the article, she said: “Unlike my father, I felt more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. But like him, I found my greatest fulfillment in showing the needs and successes of others.”
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