The late JFK's brother, Irish Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith passed away



John F. Henderson was instrumental in bringing peace to Northern Ireland. Kennedy, Kennedy Smith's late sibling was 92 years old.


Smith, who served as United States ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan, New York.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

Smith paid tribute to his brothers, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy.

"Her daughter lived a wonderful life," her daughter Kim Smith said in a statement to NBC News.

Members of Congress also paid homage.

Representative David Cicilline of the House of Representatives tweeted that "Gene Kennedy has suffered the death of Smith."

"A true public servant, Ambassador Kennedy Smith is a longtime advocate for the disabled and a diplomat who has helped make peace in Northern Ireland," he said.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 20, 1928, Smith, Joseph P., was born. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald were the eighth of nine children born.

The family becomes the United States' most famous political dynasty and an endless fascination with the American people.

After spending most of his life as a social figure away from political headlines, Smith was elected US Ambassador to Dublin in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton.

The appointment raised some eyebrows, but Smith, who had served as an ambassador to Britain since childhood, embraced his role and went out of his way.

She often met with Sinn Fein leader Gary Adams, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, despite American policy not doing so and much criticism.

Smith is credited with helping her obtain a visa to travel to the US, which she filed for a ceasefire in Northern Ireland.

Kennedy 'Curse'

His gestures to Adams, who was considered a terrorist by the British government, brought Sinn Fein into peace talks. Clinton then invited Adams to the White House.

Smith was instrumental in restoring the ceasefire, which paved the way for further negotiations, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, as a result of the 1998 Belfast Agreement.

The historic settlement has brought an end to violence in Northern Ireland since the 1960s.

Smith's life has been horrified by the tragedies of the Kennedy family, and some commentators have even suggested that the line was damned.

He was preceded in death by his elder brother, Joseph P.; Kennedy Jr. died in 1944 at age 29 as a bomber pilot.

His sister Kathleen died in France in 1948 at the age of 28 when a light plane crashed.

President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Robert Kennedy was shot dead in 1968 when he was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

Smith married Stephen Smith, a transportation executive, in 1956 and has four children. He died in 1990.

Although Smith never ran for office, he ran a campaign trail for John, the first Irish Catholic president of the United States in the 1960s.

In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal to Smith, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Smith wrote in his 2016 memoir "The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy" that he thought his childhood was normal.

"It is difficult for me to fully understand that I am growing up with brothers who occupy the highest offices in our country, including the president of the United States," Smith wrote.

"At the time, he was just my playwright. He was the source of my entertainment and my appreciation," she said.

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