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    Coroner: Kennedy Hanged Self

    FILE - In this May 6, 2004 file photo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., right, and his wife Mary Richardson Kennedy arrive at the Natural Resources Defense Council, or N.R.D.C., fundraiser in Los Angeles. An attorney on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 said Mary Kennedy has been found dead on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s property in Bedford, N.Y.  (AP Photo/Chris Urso, File)

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    An autopsy revealed Mary Kennedy’s cause of death was asphyxiation as a result of hanging, medical examiners said Thursday. Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., was found dead Wednesday in her Bedford, N.Y., estate. Bedford police said they discovered Kennedy’s body inside an “outbuilding on the property.” Kennedy was the mother of four children, ages 10 to 17, and reportedly battled drug and alcohol problems in recent years.

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