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Oldest daughter of late senator Ted Kennedy dies

world Updated: Sep 18, 2011 19:08 IST

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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.