Kara Kennedy, Ted Kennedy's Daughter, Dies at 51

09/17/2011 at 02:00 PM EDT

Ted Kennedy's Daughter Kara Kennedy Dies at 51
Kara Kennedy
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Kara Kennedy, the eldest daughter of former Senator Ted Kennedy, and sister of Patrick Kennedy, died suddenly on Friday, the family confirms. She was 51.

She was working out in a Washington D.C.-area gym at the time, the Associated Press reports.

"She's with dad," Patrick Kennedy said. Their father died in 2009 at age 77 after battling a brain tumor.





Kara, who helped work on her father's senatorial campaign, was also a cancer survivor. In 2003, she had a malignant tumor removed from her lungs. According to her brother Patrick, the cancer treatment "took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically. Her heart gave out."

Kara, who was divorced, is survived by her two teenage children.

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