1991 - During Easter vacation in Palm Beach, Florida, Michelle Cassone said Ted walked in on her and his son Patrick while they were hooking up. Allegedly Ted was dressed in nothing but a nightshirt and had a weird look on his face. Just a few months later in June, Ted ran into his colleague's daughter Victoria Anne Reggie at a dinner party. Vicki was more than two decades his junior, but by September that year they were serious and in July 1992 they were married in civil ceremony on the Kennedys' property in McLean, Virginia. Ted told the public before their wedding, "I am painfully aware that the criticism directed at me in recent months involves far more than disagreements with my positions...[It] involves the disappointment of friends and many others...I recognize...the faults in the conduct of my private life...I alone am responsible for them, and I am the one who must confront them." He grew to be a devoted stepdad to Vicki's two adult children.
1994 - Twelve years after the split, Joan Kennedy wanted to renegotiate her 1982 divorce settlement with Ted. His campaign overshadowed their dispute, especially when new wife Vicki helped him beat Mitt Romney in the battle to be Massachusetts senator.
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Ted was still in office at the time of his death on August 25, 2009. He is survived by Victoria and his three children, and in a statement, the family thanked "everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice."
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