The Body of Maeve Kennedy Has Been Recovered Following Canoe Accident

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean body found after boating accident
Photo courtesy David McKean Facebook.

The Kennedy family is mourning the death of a beloved family members, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and her son Gideon, who died during a canoe incident.

On Monday (April 6,) the body of Maeve Kennedy, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, was recovered after she had gone missing last Thursday (April 2.) According to reports, Kennedy had gone out on her canoe with her son Gideon, but seemed to have hit some sort of trouble. The canoe was later found tipped over in the water not far from their home.

The search for Gideon’s body now continues. Gideon’s father, David McKean, shared a few words about his son on his Facebook page.

“Gideon was 8, but he may as well have been 38. He was deeply compassionate, declining to sing children’s songs if they contained a hint of animals or people being treated cruelly. He hated if I accidently let a bad word slip,” he wrote. “He spent hours upstairs reading, learning everything he could about sports, and trying to decipher the mysteries of the stock market. But he was also incredibly social, athletic, and courageous. For his school picture, he gathered a couple of his many friends to be in the shot with him. He played every sport he could, complaining to me that even though he was often playing six days a week, there was still that seventh day, and why hadn’t I signed him up for something else. And he was brave, leading his friends in games, standing up to people who he thought were wrong (including his parents), and relishing opportunities to go on adventures with friends, even those he’d just met. It is impossible to sum up Gideon here. I am heartbroken to even have to try. I used to marvel at him as a toddler and worry that he was too perfect to exist in this world. It seems to me now that he was.”

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Once again, the Kennedy family finds themselves dealing with unthinkable tragedy. Through the years, the family has had to deal with assassinations and accidents, sicknesses and much drama.

And it’s not fair.

“I know that people have many questions about what happened as we grapple with this tragedy,” Kennedy’s husband David said in a statement on social media. “There has been an overwhelming outpouring of love and support from so many people. Given who Maeve and Gideon were, I am not the least surprised. I am trying my best to respond. Many have asked what they can do. I don’t have any answers for that right now.”

We send our condolences to all those who mourn these two amazing lives, gone much too soon.