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

Kara Kennedy with President Barack Obama in 2009

She suffered a heart attack and died late Friday evening.

Kara Kennedy, daughter of the the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, died late Friday evening after suffering a heart attack, ABC News reports. She was 51.

In 2002, Kara Kennedy, Ted and Joan Kennedy's eldest daughter was diagnosed with cancer. With the assistance of her father, she found a surgeon at Boston's Brigham and Woman's Hospital who took part of her lung as part of the cancer treatment. Five years later, Joan Kennedy said in an interview that her daughter was cancer-free and running five miles per day.

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

Kara Kennedy was born Feb. 27, 1960. She has two brothers, Teddy Jr. -- a congressman -- and Patrick. She graduated from Tufts University and was a producer for VSA arts, a non-profit organization founded by her aunt Jean Kennedy Smith. She also served on the board for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome with her cousin.

She worked as a television producer for Evening Magazine at Boston's WBZ-TV.

Kennedy was married to Michael Allen, professional sailor, and the couple had two children.

She accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2009 on behalf of her father, who was terminally ill during that time.

On Saturday, the daughter of former vice president Walter Mondale, Eleanor Mondale, who worked for E! and CBS at one point during her reporting career, died -- also at 51.

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