Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a champion for the rights of the mentally challenged as founder of the Special Olympics, has died. She was 88.
The sister of President John F. Kennedy’s and mother of California First Lady Maria Shriver passed away at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts on Tuesday morning, her family said in a statement.
Inspired by the challenges of her mentally challenged sister Rosemary, Shriver organized the first Special Olympics in 1968.
“She was a living prayer, a living advocate, a living center of power,” the statement added. “She set out to change the world and to change us, and she did that and more.”
“She founded the movement that became Special Olympics, the largest movement for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the history of the world. Her work transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the globe, and they in turn are her living legacy.”