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Teddy Absent from Eunice's Funeral

Yet another sad twist in the Kennedy family legacy: A spokesman for Ted Kennedy, who is currently battling brain cancer, announced that the senator was unable to attend sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver's funeral Mass Friday morning. Kennedy's wife, Vicki, attended in his place at the invitation-only ceremony at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Hyannis, Mass. The invited guests included Vice President Joe Biden, Oprah Winfrey, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder and Governor Deval Patrick. Huge crowds gathered outside the church before the service to honor Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics who died Tuesday at age 88.

August 14, 2009 8:26 AM