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Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies At 88

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of John, Robert and Edward Kennedy, died this morning at a hospital near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis, Mass. She was 88.

Throughout her life, she worked tirelessly on behalf of the mentally disabled and was a founding figure of the Special Olympics. A sister, Rosemary, was born mentally disabled.

Her husband, R. Sargent Shriver, was President Kennedy's director of the Peace Corps and the 1972 Democratic nominee for vice president. Her daughter, Maria Shriver, is married to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.