Local authorities announced that Gideon McKean, Robert F. Kennedy‘s great-grandson, died by drowning – the official cause of death.

The accident also involved his mother, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, whose remains were found 2,000 feet away from him.

The report was released on April 13, by the Maryland Dept. of Health, which has been in charge of the case.

Gideon, 8, went missing with his mom on April 2 after they reportedly jumped in a canoe to get a ball that had fallen into the Chesapeake Bay. It is believed that they got pushed out to sea by wind or tide when they got into a canoe.

The incident happened while the family was self-quarantining in an empty house on the Chesapeake Bay.


Shortly after the remains were found, the Kennedy family hosted a virtual memorial service via video calls to remember their two late family members.

David McKean, father and a husband of the victims, also made a lengthy Facebook post on April 4, two days after they went missing. In his post, he recalled the memories with them that he cherished and mourned their sudden death.

“Gideon was 8, but he may as well have been 38,” he said. “It is impossible to sum up Gideon here.”
As for his wife, Maeve, he said she was his “best friend and a soulmate.”

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