Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Opens Up About Estranged Wife Mary's Suicide

The attorney says that his estranged wife, who was found dead Wednesday, "was in a lot of agony for a lot of her life"

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is mourning the death of his estranged wife Mary -- and opening up about the years-long battle with depression that likely drove the 52-year-old to take her own life.

Mary, who in addition to depression was facing a divorce and had recently grappled with drug and alcohol problems, was found dead Wednesday in the barn behind her Mount Kisco, N.Y., home, having committed suicide by hanging herself.

"A lot of times, I don't know how she made it through the day," Robert, 58, told The New York Times. "She was in a lot of agony for a lot of her life."

RFK Jr. added: "I don't think anybody who was around her didn't do everything that they could to try to help her."

The son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and his wife Ethel, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed for divorce from Mary (his second wife) in May 2010 after 16 years of marriage. They had four children.

Mary's family has released a statement taking issue with "certain news organizations" for depicting Mary in a way that is "wholly inconsistent with the sister we knew and life she, in fact, lived."

"We loved Mary and knew her to be an exceptional mother, sibling and friend to many," says the statement. "Countless people have described her as an extraordinary mother, selfless in her desire to help others, and one of the finest people in the world."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is reportedly dating Suburgatory and Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Cheryl Hines, recalled how he met Mary through his younger sister Kerry Kennedy, who met and bonded with Mary at boarding school in Vermont and later attended Brown University with her. The two were best friends.

"You know, you sometimes hear things like 'I've lost my right arm'?" Kerry Kennedy said Thursday. "I feel like I've lost half my body, half my soul."

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