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Kara Kennedy Remembered: Ted Kennedy’s Daughter Dies at 51

Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- She bore that famous last name –  still, Kara Kennedy lived her life outside the spotlight as much as any Kennedy could.

Friday night, that life ended at just 51 when Kara Kennedy suffered a heart attack after working out at a gym in Northwest Washington, D.C.

She was a mother of two teenagers, Grace and Max.

She was known for her fighting spirit – she beat inoperable lung cancer in 2002.

Five years later, her mother told the Boston Globe Kara Kennedy was cancer free and running five miles a day.

“Last summer she was in the best health that I can remember,” mother Joan Kennedy said.

Even so, the cancer treatment “took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically,” Patrick Kennedy said, “Her heart gave out.”

In August 2009, with her father Senator Ted Kennedy on his deathbed, Kara Kennedy accepted the Presidential Medal of Honor on his behalf.

Kara Kennedy was not the only member of her immediate family to battle cancer.

Her father Ted died of a malignant brain tumor and her brother Ted Jr. beat bone cancer though he lost a leg to the disease when he was just 12.

She is just the latest Kennedy to die young in an extended family that has suffered immeasurable loss.

“It is an unlucky family in a lot of ways and of course we pay a lot more attention to them because it is such a prominent family,” said Kennedy biographer Susan Milligan.

Funeral arrangements for Kara Kennedy right now are still being organized.

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Kara Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s Daughter, Dies at 51

Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Kara Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, suffered a heart attack and died late Friday evening, sources confirm to ABC News. She was 51.

In 2002, Kara Kennedy, daughter of Ted and Joan Kennedy, was diagnosed with inoperable cancer.

With her father’s help, she found a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who removed a portion of her lung as part of the treatment.  Five years later, her mother told the Boston Globe that Kennedy was cancer free and was running five miles a day.

“My daughter was my best friend,” Joan Kennedy said Saturday. “She stayed with me all summer long in Hyannisport. We had a wonderful summer together.

“She was beloved by everybody who knew her. She was beloved by all of her cousins,” she said. “So many people have been calling me today and it makes me feel good to know how much everybody loved her.”

In August 2009, Kennedy gave a touching reading of Psalm 72 at her father’s funeral at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston.

Ted Kennedy often prayed at Our Lady in 2003 while his daughter was being treated for lung cancer at the nearby hospital.

Kara Anne Kennedy was born February 27, 1960. She has two siblings, Teddy Jr. and Patrick, the former congressman.

She was a graduate of Tufts University and was a producer for VSA arts, a nonprofit organization founded by her aunt Jean Kennedy Smith.

She was also on the board for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome along with her cousin William Kennedy Smith.

She was a former producer for the television program Evening Magazine at WBZ-TV in Boston.

She was married to professional sailor Michael Allen in1990 and they had two children, Grace and Max.

On Aug. 12, 2009, she accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on behalf of her father who was terminally ill at the time.

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