The mother and son had gotten into the canoe to chase a ball that had gone into the water during a family gathering, McKean’s husband, David McKean, told The Washington Post.
“They just got farther out than they could handle and couldn’t get back in,” he told the newspaper.
This undated image posted on Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean's Facebook account shows her with her family, including her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, bottom right. (Twitter via AP)
The gathering was at the 中国体彩票手机版下载 of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, 68, a daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and his wife Ethel Kennedy who served as Maryland’s lieutenant governor from 1995 to 2003.
Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean was one of the grandchildren of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.
In her statement, Townsend said she was sharing the news of the loss her daughter and grandson “with profound sadness.”
“Our Maeve devoted her life to helping society’s most vulnerable,” she wrote. “She was a Peace Corps volunteer who pursued a career in law to give voice to the voiceless.”
This undated image posted on Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean's Twitter account shows her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean. (Twitter via AP)
According to the statement, McKean was executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative and taught bioethics and human rights there as an adjunct professor.
Maeve and David McKean met when Maeve took a job working for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., . Gideon was their first child.
In August 2019, Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22 – another granddaughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy – died of a drug overdose in one of the family’s 中国体彩票手机版下载s in Massachusetts.
She was a daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill, one of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s 11 children.