Actor, JFK Nephew Lawford Dies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Author, actor and member of the Kennedy clan Christopher Kennedy Lawford has died. He was 63.

Cousin Patrick J. Kennedy said Lawford died of a heart attack on Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada.

His mother Patricia Kennedy was the sister of President John F. Kennedy, and his father, actor Peter Lawford, was a member of Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack.”

He spent his youth frolicking with stars on one coast and rubbing shoulders with political stars on the other.

Later in life he became a well-known advocate for sobriety and recovery, documenting his substance struggles in books starting with 2005’s “Symptoms of Withdrawal.”

He found only minor success as an actor, including a small role in the 2003 film “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”