Christopher Lawford, Actor and Nephew of JFK, Dies at 63

Christopher Lawford, an actor who was also the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, died this week from unknown causes.

He was 63 years old.

Christopher Lawford

According to TMZ, Lawford was at a yoga studio last night when he had a medical emergency of some kind and later died.

These law enforcement sources say the death appears to be from "natural causes," but the coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

We cannot confirm anything at this time.

Lawford’s death was confirmed by his cousin Kerry Kennedy, who wrote on Twitter:

“We mourn the loss of my cousin Christopher Lawford, Rest in Peace. Pictured here with our family at the 2004 Democratic Convention and with his wonderful son, David."

This was the Tweet and the picture in question that confirmed the sad development:

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Lawford was son of JFK’s sister Patricia and the British actor Peter Lawford.

In addition to his well-known lineage, Lawford was best known to the entertainment masses for his acting career, with television roles on programs including General Hospital, All My Children and Frasier,.

He also had a role in 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and in the Cuban Missle Crises movie Thirteen Days.

He had over 40 credits to his name, across the small screen and big screen.

In his 2016 book, "When Your Partner Has an Addiction: How Compassion Can Transform Your Relationship (And Heal You Both in the Process)," Lawford opened up about his addiction to LSD, which he said started at age 14 and concluded at age 30 when he went to rehab.

The late 63-year old attributed his issues to his parents’ bitter divorce, along with the assassinations of his uncles John and Robert.

“I had friends trying to get me to use LSD in seventh grade. I grew up with an ethic of trying to do good in the world, and I said no. Then my Uncle Bobby was shot. Next fall they asked me again and I said sure,” Lawford wrote in this memoir.

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In 2006, Lawford said on The Today Show of his past:

"There are many days when I wish I could take back and use (my youth) more appropriately. But all of that got me here. I can’t ask for some of my life to be changed and still extract the understanding and the life that I have today, with my children, with my friends, with my lover.

"All of those relationships are the result of all that I have gone through with my life."

Lawford was born on March 29, 1955 in Santa Monica, California.

As you might expect from someone in his family, he was active in politics, working with the Democratic National Committee, the United Nations, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, the World Health Organization and the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse.

That's a pretty impressive list.


In 2009, Lawford was appointed to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. 

He was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2011.

Lawford is survived by his second wife, Mercedes Miller, and his children, two sons and a daughter, from his first marriage to Jeannie Olsson.

We send our condolences to his family members, friends and loved ones.

May he rest in peace.