Mary Kennedy remembered at private NYC gathering

Posted May 21, 2012, at 8:42 p.m.

NEW YORK — Friends and family met privately Monday to remember Mary Richardson Kennedy, the 52-year-old estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who was found dead of an apparent suicide last week at her home in Bedford.

The event at the Standard Hotel in Manhattan was closed to the media.

A funeral for the architect and environmentalist was held Saturday in Bedford, a hamlet north of New York City. Mourners included actors Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase and Edward James Olmos, tennis great John McEnroe and musician Paul Shaffer. Burial was at a cemetery in Centerville, Mass., several miles from the Kennedy seaside compound in Hyannisport.

Mary Richardson married into the Kennedy family in 1994. She had four children with Robert, the son of assassinated U.S. senator and Attorney General Robert Kennedy, but the couple separated years ago. He filed for divorce in 2010. The case was pending when she died.

Shortly after the split, her internal struggles became public when she was arrested twice on charges of driving while intoxicated. In preparations for her funeral, one of her brothers went to court to request custody of her body, which could have spoiled the Kennedy plan to bury her near the family compound.

Robert Kennedy and a lawyer for the Richardson family were in court Friday arguing the case, before Mary’s body was released to her husband. A judge sealed the case.

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