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Robert F. Kennedy's Missing Granddaughter And Son Have Died, Heartbroken Husband Confirms

Robert F. Kennedy's Missing Granddaughter And Son Have Died, Heartbroken Husband Confirms

David McKean confirmed the tragic deaths of his wife Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and his son Gideon in a moving Facebook post.

Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and her son Gideon have been confirmed dead after a canoeing accident on the Chesapeake Bay. McKean's husband David McKean confirmed the death in a moving Facebook post, PEOPLE Magazine reports. The rescue search to recover the mother's and son's bodies is still underway. Ever since the grieving husband uploaded his post, thousands of messages of condolence have come flooding in. The Kennedy family has a history of untimely deaths, as The Washington Post described it. This is yet another tragic story.

 



 

"Despite heroic efforts by the Coast Guard and many state and local authorities, the decision has now been made to suspend the active rescue effort," David wrote. "The search that began yesterday afternoon went on throughout the night and continued all day today. It is now dark again. It has been more than 24 hours, and the chances they have survived are impossibly small. It is clear that Maeve and Gideon have passed away." He also provided more details about the circumstances of the mother and son's death. McKean and her family were self-quarantining in an empty house owned by her mother on the Chesapeake Bay, "hoping to give [their] kids more space than [they] have at home in DC to run around."

 



 

Gideon, who was only eight years old, was playing kickball with his mother near a small, shallow cove. One of them kicked the ball into the water and they both went to fetch it in a canoe. Though the water by cove is typically calmer than the greater Chesapeake, McKean and her son "somehow got pushed by wind or tide into the open bay," the husband explained. Thirty minutes later, an onlooker alerted the police. Sadly, that was the last time they were seen. The canoe they used was found capsized miles away by the Coast Guard around 6:30 pm on Thursday evening. There were no signs of the pair.

 



 

While there seems to be little hope of finding the mother and son alive, the rescue mission has turned into a recovery mission. "The search for their recovery will continue," David stated. "I hope that that will be successful." As a send-off, the grieving father and husband decided to write heartfelt tributes for his son and wife. He wrote of Gideon, "[He] was 8, but he may as well have been 38. He was deeply compassionate, declining to sing children’s songs if they contained a hint of animals or people being treated cruelly...  I used to marvel at him as a toddler and worry that he was too perfect to exist in this world. It seems to me now that he was."

 



 

"She was my everything. She was my best friend and my soulmate," he stated of his wife McKean. "She was magical—with endless energy that she would put toward inventing games for our children, taking on another project at work or in our community, and spending time with our friends... Being in her presence somehow allowed you to be a better version of yourself. She was the brightest light I have ever known." Indeed, the world has lost two bright souls over the weekend. A family, however, has been shaken by yet another tragic and untimely death.

 



 

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