Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy, (January 7, 1966 – July 16, 1999) was a publicist for Calvin Klein and the wife of John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Onassis. After her marriage, Kennedy's relationship with her husband and her fashion sense became the subject of media scrutiny, drawing comparisons to her mother-in-law.
Kennedy died on July 16, 1999, along with her husband and older sister Lauren, when the light plane that he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the western side of Martha's Vineyard. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the probable cause of the crash was: "The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation. Factors in the accident were haze and the dark night."