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.

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Jorge Fitz-Gibbon’s career as a journalist has spanned 23 years, including stints at The New York Daily News and The Journal News. He is the father of an 11-year-old boy, and has been a single dad for seven of those years, recently working on building a blended family. He blogs for LoHud.com on parenting and music, drawing on his passion for both. Both come together in his life as well: His son currently plays guitar and saxophone, while Jorge is a guitar player with Bud Metro and the Corrections, The Journal News’ on-again, off-again newsroom band. Not surprisingly, Jorge’s love for classic rock and metal has rubbed off on his son, whose debut performance at a school talent show was Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.” Now they’re working on Led Zeppelin and keeping his grades up in school.