Sargent Shriver Dies At The Age Of 95

Activist and politician Sargent Shriver died today at the age of 95 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. A member of the Kennedy family, Shriver was instrumental in founding the Peace Corps in addition to being remembered as a political organizer for then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, a Special Assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, the U.S. Ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970, and as a former vice presidential candidate in 1972.

After retiring from politics, Shriver served as President of the Special Olympics and as a member of the Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson law firm in Washington, D.C.

Shriver leaves behind five children, including daughter Maria Shriver. He was married to John F. Kennedy’s sister, Eunice Kennedy.

A few years ago, Maria helped create a documentary on her father’s disease, sharing that “at the age of 93, my dad still goes to Mass every day. And believe it or not, he still remembers the Hail Mary. But he doesn’t remember me, Maria.”

Maria’s advice to those facing similar challenges was simple, yet poignant:

Accept the person that’s sitting in front of you. Stop trying to make them who they were. Let it go.

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