Eunice Kennedy Shriver Passes Away

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy and mother to California First Lady Maria Shriver, has died. She was 88.

Mrs. Kennedy Shriver passed away at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. She had suffered a series of strokes in recent years, the Associated Press reports.

One of nine children born to Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Eunice was born in Massachusetts in 1921. A graduate of Stanford University, the achievement she will perhaps be best remembered for was helping to found the national Special Olympics organization, a cause to which she remained committed throughout her life.

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