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What Happened To Robert K Kennedy Voice? Does He Have Spasmodic Dysphonia? Health Update

Robert K Kennedy has a problem with his voice. As reported in 2008, he has spasmodic dysphonia, causing his voice to quaver.

Kennedy is the son of Robert F. Kennedy, the former United States Attorney General and United States Senator from New York.

He is known for promoting conspiracy theories and his anti-vaccine prompts. He is the founder and the chairman of the anti-vaccine propaganda group, Children’s Health Defense.

Moreover, Kennedy has written several books, including two New York Times bestsellers.

He is the president of the board of Waterkeeper Alliance, a non-profit environmental group founded in 1999.

What Happened To Robert K Kennedy Voice?

Due to spasmodic dysphonia, Robert K Kennedy’s voice is reported to quaver while speaking.

Spasmodic dysphonia is a form of involuntary movement disorder that affects only the larynx or voice box. 

When Kennedy appeared on Larry King Live in July 2008 to speak about energy conservation and other topics, viewers noted something.

As he spoke, Kennedy’s voice was pompous and strained. People wondered whether it was just cold or something serious like lung cancer.

People on the internet forum wrote that the environmental lawyer sounded as if he was choking up.

What Happened To Robert K Kennedy Voice
Robert K Kennedy is noted to quaver as he speaks. (Source: YouTube)

However, things were clear after it was revealed that Kennedy had dystonia, an involuntary movement disorder on the larynx.

It is to be noted that the condition is not life-threatening. Experts estimate that the condition affects only 0.02% of the population.

It appears in women twice as often as in men and strikes between ages 20 and 50. 

The symptoms seem to go away when a person sings. It also typically disappears when a person whispers or yells. 

Concerns for the well-being of a person suffering from Spasmodic dysphonia are common among first-time listeners.

Regardless, the problem is only with the voice and the delivery of the speech, and nothing serious or life-threatening.

Robert K Kennedy Family Background

Robert K Kennedy is the son of former United States Attorney General and United States Senator from New York, Robert F Kennedy.

He was born to Robert and Ethel Kennedy in Washington, D.C., on January 17, 1954. He is the third of eleven children born to the couple.

Robert Kennedy Jr is the son of Robert F Kennedy. (Source: National Today)

His father was murdered on June 6, 1968, in Los Angeles, California, by Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian, in retaliation for supporting Israel after the 1967 Six-Day War.

Robert’s uncle, John F Kennedy, was the president of the United States and was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, while on a political trip.

Likewise, his other uncle, Ted Kennedy, was a United States Senator from Massachusetts for over 46 years.

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Robert K Kennedy Personal Life

Robert K Kennedy is married to Cheryl Hines, an actress and director.

Hines is best known for portraying Cheryl in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also acted in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory.

The couple started dating in late 2011 and got engaged in April 2014, eventually marrying on August 2, 2014.

Robert Kennedy Jr and his wife, Cheryl Hines. (Source: CNN)

Robert’s previous marriage was with Mary Kathleen Richardson, an interior designer, philanthropist, and architect.

The couple married on n April 15, 1994, and had four children: Conor Richardson Kennedy, Kyra LeMoyne Kennedy, William Finbar “Finn” Kennedy, and Aidan Caohman Vieques Kennedy.

Sadly, Mary died from suicide due to hanging on May 16, 2012, days after Robert filed for divorce from her.

Robert’s first wife is Emily Ruth Black, whom he met last University of Virginia School of Law. 

They had two children: Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy III and Kathleen Alexandra (‘Kick’) Kennedy. However, the two separated in 1992 and divorced in 1994. 

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