'General Hospital' actor and JFK's nephew dies at 63
John F. Kennedy's nephew, Christopher Lawford, passed away at the age of 63 after suffering a heart attack.
The famous actor and author drew his last breath on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The news of Lawford's death was revealed by his cousin, Kerry Kennedy, through her Twitter account, sharing photos of him from 2004.
Patrick J. Kennedy, his other cousin, also took to the social media platform to pay tribute to Lawford. Follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa to learn more.
We mourn the loss of my cousin Christopher Lawford, Rest in Peace.— Kerry Kennedy (@KerryKennedyRFK) September 5, 2018
Pictured here with our family at the 2004 Democratic Convention and with his wonderful son, David. pic.twitter.com/GLlCvN7xkv
AN EXAMPLE TO ALL
According to Patrick, Lawford was considered to be a pioneer to the recovery community, especially since he was 'living-proof that long-term recovery' is possible.
"The recovery community lost a founding father today. My cousin, Chris Lawford, passed away from a heart attack yesterday evening. To the world, he was an author, actor, & activist, but to the recovery community, he was a pioneer – living proof that long-term recovery was possible."
Patrick J. Kennedy, Twitter, September 5, 2018
Son of former Rat Pack member Peter Lawford and President John F. Kennedy's sister Patricia Kennedy, Lawford worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years.
He appeared in soap operas such as "General Hospital" and "All My Children," as well as in "Frasier." But, aside from his television roles, he was, most of all, a respected author.
A MAN ON A MISSION
His publications were centered around his struggle with addiction, how he started drinking at the age of 12 and how he then moved on to hard-hitting drugs.
Lawford advocated on behalf of people in recovery and helped a lot of them along the way, including Patrick, with his book "Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption."
But Lawford wasn't the only star that recently passed. Earlier this week, Jacqueline Pearce, from Blake's 7, also died at the age of 74 after a fierce battle with lung cancer.