AceShowbiz - Two members of America's 'first family' the Kennedys have been reported missing after a canoeing accident in Maryland.
Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and her eight-year-old son, Gideon, were reported missing on Thursday, April 2, 2020 after trying to retrieve a ball that got kicked into Chesapeake Bay, and they are now at the centre of a major search, according to the Washington Post and TMZ.
An overturned canoe identical to the one the mother and son were using has been retrieved, while a Maryland Coast Guard report suggests Maeve, the daughter of Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and her son were seen "struggling to return to shore in a canoe" before disappearing.
Last summer, another of Robert Kennedy's granddaughters, Saoirse Kennedy Hill, died of an accidental overdose - the latest in a string of family tragedies that dates back to patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.'s death in 1944 when the aircraft he was piloting over East Suffolk, England exploded. President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Maeve's grandfather Robert, were both assassinated in the 1960s, while John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, died in a plane crash in 1999, and Michael Kennedy lost his life in a 1997 skiing accident.
Meanwhile, David A. Kennedy died of a drug overdose in 1984, lung cancer survivor Kara Kennedy died of a heart attack in 2011 and Mary Richardson Kennedy, the wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., reportedly committed suicide in 2012.