Christopher Lawford Bio
Christopher Kennedy “Chris” Lawford was born on 29th March 1955 in Santa Monica, California, United States and died on 5th September 2018. He was an American author, actor, and activist. He was a member of the prominent Kennedy family and son of actor Peter Lawford. Lawford was a former cousin-in-law of actor/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger (He appeared in two of his films, including Terminator 3).
|29 March 1955 in Santa Monica, California, United States|
|5 September 2018 (aged 63) in Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Christopher Lawford Cause of Death||Suspected heart attack in a yoga studio, Pending an Autopsy confirmation|
|Christopher Lawford Nationality||American|
|Other names||Chris Lawford|
|Christopher Lawford Education||
|Christopher Lawford Books||
|Occupation||Author, actor, activist|
|Christopher Lawford Spouse(s)||
|Christopher Lawford Children||David Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Savannah Rose Lawford, and Matthew Peter Valentine Lawford|
|Christopher Lawford Parent(s)||Peter Lawford
Patricia Kennedy Lawford
|Christopher Lawford Relatives||See Kennedy family|
|Christopher Lawford Net Worth||$ 50 Million at the Time of his death|
Christopher Lawford Biography
Chris Lawford was born in Santa Monica, California at Saint John’s Health Center. His parents were actor Peter Lawford (1923–1984) and socialite Patricia “Pat” Kennedy Lawford (1924–2006). He was the eldest child and only son in the family. He had three younger sisters are Sydney McKelvy (born 1956), Victoria Pender (born 1958), and Robin Lawford (born 1961). Lawford was a nephew of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy and former cousin-in-law of actor/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger (appearing in two of his films, including Terminator 3). Peter and Patricia Lawford divorced in 1966 after which Patricia raised the children in New York City.
Before his parents’ divorce, Lawford went to school at St. Martin of Tours Elementary School in Los Angeles. After the divorce he moved to New York City with his mother, attending the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts. Lawford later earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 1977. In 1983, he earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a master’s certificate in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University where he gained an academic appointment as a Lecturer in Psychiatry.
Christopher Lawford History of Drugs and Substance Abuse
Lawford started drug abuse at a tender age while attending the Middlesex School. By the late 1970s, he had developed a serious drug abuse problem. He briefly attended Fordham Law School but dropped out after several months due to his dependency on heroin (he later contracted Hepatitis C due to his drug use). He was arrested in Aspen, Colorado for impersonating a doctor to get prescription medication in 1980. The charges were later dropped when Lawford completed his probation.
In April 1984, Lawford’s cousin David Kennedy, who also battled substance abuse issues and with whom Lawford had a close relationship, died of a drug overdose. David’s death prompted Lawford to seek professional help for his problems. He attended addiction behavior classes at the Cambridge Hospital and has since been sober.
Christopher Lawford Marriages and children
- In November 1984, Lawford married Jeannie Olsson, a sales advertising assistant for New York magazine. The couple had three children: David Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Savannah Rose Lawford, and Matthew Peter Valentine Lawford. They divorced in 2000.
- In 22 August 2005, Lawford married Lana Antonova, a Russian actress and entrepreneur, in a small ceremony in Las Vegas, NV. The couple divorced on 10 December 2009.
Christopher Lawford Wife (Mercedes Miller)
- In May 2014, Lawford married Mercedes Miller, a yoga teacher, in Maui, Hawaii. They have been together until he died on 5 September 2018.
Christopher Lawford Religion
Lawford was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. In a 2009 interview, Lawford claimed that he left the church in 1968 stating:
” I left the Catholic Church when I was 13 years old after my Uncle Bobby was assassinated, saying I would never go back, and I didn’t really have a need for God, and I didn’t believe in God. He wasn’t useful to me. But I had gotten an understanding that there were spiritual people. My grandmother, Rose Kennedy, was a devout Catholic, but she was also a very religious person. She walked and meditated every day of her life. Her faith and spirituality got her through enormous trauma. That was not lost on me. My grandmother was this beacon of equilibrium in a world that was crazy. That’s [Roman Catholicism] just not something that speaks to me. I have my tradition. I go to an ashram. I meditate. I chant. I do all that kind of stuff ”
Christopher Lawford 2010 Art sale
In March 2010, Lawford sold at auction a 1965 Picasso painting, Femme au Grand Chapeau. Buste. The painting was estimated to sell at Sotheby’s for between $8 million to $12 million and ended up bringing $8.2 million, or $9.3 million with Sotheby’s buyer’s commission.
Christopher Lawford Awards and honors
Lawford supported Women in Recovery, Inc., a non-profit organization offering a live-in, 12-step program of rehabilitation for women in need, based in Venice, California. He was the 2006 honoree for Women in Recovery at their Gala; past honorees have included Jamie Lee Curtis, Angela Lansbury, and Anthony Hopkins.
Christopher Lawford Death and Cause
On September 5, 2018, Christopher’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced via her Twitter account that Lawford had died and paid tribute to him.
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. pic.twitter.com/GLlCvN7xkv
— Kerry Kennedy (@KerryKennedyRFK) September 5, 2018
In the same day, police officials in Hollywood, California stated that Lawford suffered a heart attack at a yoga studio the previous evening of 4 September 2018 and later died. An autopsy is being performed to determine the exact cause of death.
Condolence on Twitter
RIP Chris. You were a true gentleman🙏 John F. Kennedy's nephew Christopher Lawford dies aged 63
— Nicole Boxer (@nicoleboxer) September 5, 2018
— Pick-a-Flick (@pikaflick) September 5, 2018