The eldest child of Sen. Ted Kennedy and his wife Joan, Kara Kennedy, has died at a Washington health club.

      Her brother, Patrick, has confirmed the family’s latest loss. A cancer survivor, Kara Kennedy was very keen on helath and fitness. Patrick Kennedy believes that her cancer struggles over the past decade had taken their toll on her physically, and said “She is with Dad now”.

      At 51, she had been married to Michael Allen in 1990 and since divorced, and the couple have two children, Grace (17) and Max (14).


      News has also come that Eleanor Mondale, 51, daughter of Sen. Walter Mondale, has also died today. Eleanor had suffered from a brain tumor. The Senator released the following statement:

“Joan and I must report that our wonderful daughter, Eleanor Mondale Poling, after her long and gutsy battle against cancer, went up to heaven last night to be with her angel,” the former vice president said in a statement emailed to friends. “Thank you for all your friendship, you will hear more about plans to celebrate her life soon.”