Former President John F. Kennedy’s sister passed away on Tuesday morning (11Aug08) after she was checked in to Cape Cod Hospital in Barnstable, Massachusetts in a critical condition.
Shriver, mother of Schwarzenegger’s wife Maria Shriver, was surrounded by her family, including her husband Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr and the actor-turned-governor himself.
Shriver is best known for her charity work raising awareness of the mentally disabled, after watching her sister Rosemary’s struggle with mental illness. She also helped found the Special Olympics in the 1960s.
Shriver, the fifth of the nine Kennedy children, experienced poor health in recent years after suffering a series of strokes.
She is survived by her five children, Robert Sargent Shriver III, Maria Shriver, Timothy Perry Shriver, Mark Kennedy Shriver and Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver, as well as 19 grandchildren.