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Oldest daughter of late senator Ted Kennedy dies

Former Republican Patrick Kennedy says his sister Kara, the oldest child of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, has died. Kara Kennedy was 51.

world Updated: Sep 18, 2011 19:08 IST

Former Republican Patrick Kennedy says his sister Kara, the oldest child of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, has died. Kara Kennedy was 51.

Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island, says his sister died on Friday while at a Washington-area health club.

Kara Kennedy, the oldest of three children, was a lung cancer survivor. Doctors removed a malignant tumor in 2003.

Patrick Kennedy tells The Associated Press that "she's with dad." Their father died in 2009.

Patrick Kennedy says he thinks his sister's cancer treatment "took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically." He says "her heart gave out."

He also says his sister loved to exercise.