WASHINGTON — Several years after she was deemed cancer-free, Kara Kennedy accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of her father, just weeks before Sen. Edward Kennedy died battling a brain tumor.
However, her own lung cancer treatment – surgery and grueling chemotherapy and radiation – left her physically weakened, her brother Patrick Kennedy said. She died Friday at age 51 after her daily workout at a Washington health club.
"Her heart gave out," said Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island.
"She's with dad."