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Michael LeMoyne Kennedy (February 27, 1958 – December 31, 1997) was the sixth of eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel.

Kennedy was born in Washington, D.C. and named for a long-standing family friend, Irish priest Michael Kennedy of Dungarvan in County Waterford, and Kirk LeMoyne Billings, better known as "Lem", the college roommate of his uncle, President of the United States John F. Kennedy, and a close Kennedy family friend.[1]

Michael was 5 years old when his uncle, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and 10 years old when his father, presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy, was also assassinated.

Death Edit

Kennedy died on New Years' Eve 1997, in a skiing accident in Aspen Mountain, Colorado. He was playing football while on skis with several other members of the Kennedy family when at approximately 4:15 p.m. he hit a tree. Kennedy was not wearing a helmet or other safety equipment. Some have stated that the family had been previously warned by the ski patrol to cease the activity.[ Others have stated that the ski patrol issued no such warnings. 

His sister Rory was with him at the time of the accident and tried to save his life by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Despite her efforts, he had been fatally injured and his blood stained her mouth. Following the accident Kennedy was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m.

He was interred on January 3, 1998, in the family plot at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts.