Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies

President John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a champion for the rights of the mentally disabled and founder of the Special Olympics, has died. She was 88.

Shriver had suffered a series of strokes in recent years and died at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis on Tuesday morning, her family said in a statement. The hospital is near the Kennedy family compound, where her sole surviving brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, has been battling brain cancer.

Shriver was credited with transforming America's view of the
mentally disabled from institutionalized patients to friends, neighbors and athletes. Her efforts were inspired by the struggles of her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary.

Shriver also was the sister of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the wife
of 1972 vice presidential candidate and former Peace Corps director
R. Sargent Shriver, and the mother-in-law of California Gov. Arnold

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  • by mandy on Aug 12, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    I agree with you Dave on that one. . .it is very ironic.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Aug 11, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    Very ironic. This woman struggled her entire life to give dignity and respect to people with mental disabilities and her brother Ted Kennedy has tried for decades to kill children with mental disabilities before they are born.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    No wall to wall coverage on CNN yet? Anderson Cooper wasn't the first to break this story while his strings are being pulled by High Holy Priestess Oprah? Unbelievable.
  • by Laura Location: somewhere USA on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:10 AM
    May she R.I.P.

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