John F. Kennedy's nephew Christopher Lawford dies aged 63

JFK's Nephew Christopher Lawford Dead at 63 After Yoga Studio Emergency

JFK's Nephew Christopher Lawford Dead at 63 After Yoga Studio Emergency

He eventually founded the Global Recovery Initiative, to help shape social and cultural attitudes toward addiction and create more pathways for recovery.

TMZ reports that Lawford took ill last night while at a yoga studio and that the cause of his death appears to be natural.

"We mourn the loss of my cousin Christopher Lawford, Rest in Peace", she wrote along with photos of Lawford at the 2004 Democratic Convention with son David.

Lawford was an actor with over 40 credits to his name, including Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Thirteen Days - a film about the Cuban Missile Crisis that featured his uncles John and Robert Kennedy as characters. He was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Public Health Advisory Committee in 2009 and two years later was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime.

Dalton reported from Los Angeles. "But all of that got me here". Then my Uncle Bobby was shot.

After graduating from Tufts University in 1977, Lawford enrolled at Fordham Law School but had developed a heroin habit that forced him to drop out only a few months later.

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Patricia Kennedy was one of nine children in Joseph P Kennedy Sr's clan.

Kennedy provided no further details on Lawford's cause of death, and Lawford's representatives declined to provide additional information.

"I never intended for drugs to wreck my life", he said at the time, when he was 35. "I shouldn't have. I just have to stay out of my own way, because I've got this capacity to screw things up".

Lawford was also the author of a New York Times best-selling autobiography called Symptoms of Withdrawal which detailed his two decades of addiction issues that led to his arrest for impersonating doctors by forging prescription forms in order to score drugs.

Lawford had three children with his first wife, Jeannie Olsson: David Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Savannah Rose Lawford and Matthew Peter Valentine Lawford.

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