Mary Kennedy autopsy: Anti-depressants, no alcohol in blood stream

WHITE PLAINS— Mary Kennedy had at least three anti-depressants in her blood stream when she committed suicide in May, a Westchester County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report shows.

The autopsy report, reviewed by The Journal News today, also shows that Kennedy had no alcohol in her system when she hung herself with a rope in a barn on her Bedford estate on May 16. Her blood did contain trazodone, desmethylvenlaxafine and venlafaxine, all classified as anti-depressants.

The 52-year-old, who had fought a long battle with depression, died from asphyxia due to hanging, a finding supported by the injuries to her neck. She was brought to the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office for the autopsy, still with “a beige rope around the neck” and “the knot present on this rope lying on her back with 9 loops,” the report said.

She had no food in her stomach.

Kennedy was the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental advocate and son of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The couple had been embroiled in a divorce and custody fight over their four children.

Read the entire report here.