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As the coronavirus pandemic began to grip the United States, Washington D.C. woman Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and her husband bundled up their three children and headed east to self-isolate at a family holiday home in Maryland.
There was more room for the kids there, more fresh air, and the waters of Chesapeake Bay lapped at the rear of the property.
On April 6, Maeve’s body was pulled from those waters.
Eight-year-old Gideon’s remains were recovered on April 8, 600 metres away from his mother.
The pair vanished after setting out on a canoe on Thursday April 2nd, reportedly to retrieve a ball that had been accidentally kicked into the water during a backyard game. Local authorities said it appears their small boat was “overtaken by the strong winds” that day.
The 40-year-old’s death brings yet another wave of grief to her famous extended family: Meave Kennedy Townsend McKean is the granddaughter of slain US Senator Robert F. Kennedy (or Bobby, as he was often known) and the grand-niece of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
Hers is a name that’s associated with enormous power and influence in the United States, but also great tragedy.
The ‘Kennedy curse’.
More than a dozen tragic deaths have befallen the Kennedy clan over the past seven decades; from plane crashes to accidents, assassinations and overdoses. As these high-profile tragedies compounded, the Kennedy name took on a sort of morbid mythology: those lost pegged as victims of a ‘Kennedy curse’.