The Kennedys are a family beset by decades of ill fortune and tragedy. Despite all their wealth, power, and prestige I would truly not wish to be a part of that family...it all seemed to have come at much too high a price.
That being said, US politics has lost one of its great ones. I really did not have hopes for him, seeing what happened to my aunt, who died last month of a brain tumor. I know what his family went thorough and my heart goes out to them. I understand the frustration of slowly losing his faculties and being unable to pursue his goals, of still being 'in there' but unable to communicate and interact as you want to when the logic and neural paths start shutting down, because I know what it looks like.
Let this squelch any conspiracy theories of the best treatments and cures only going to the rich and powerful- if the Kennedys can't hold off cancer, than no luck for the rest of us either. No one is immune. He was diagnosed May 2008 and died in August. My aunt was diagnosed in September 2008 and died this July…you’re lucky if you get more than a year.
Rest in peace, Senator Kennedy, you earned it.