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John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy Tragically Died 20 Years Ago

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy
July 17, 2019 - 13:57 / Sarah Schulz

On July 16th, 1999, 20 years ago, the life of John F. Kennedy Jr. (†38), the son of the President of the United States John F. Kennedy, his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (†33) and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette (†34) tragically passed away in a plane crash.

The plane, piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. himself, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on its way to his cousin's wedding off Martha's Vineyard Island. It took almost three days for the bodies of the three victims to be found.

John Kennedy Jr. had only had a pilot's license since April 1998. The tragic fate of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy's son absolutely shocked the world. The accident continued the long series of tragic events that the Kennedy family faced.

20 years ago: John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy died

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy met in 1992 and four years later, the couple got married. The pair were greatly admired by the public, which in turn created problems in their relationship. The media's attention had an influence on the couple's relationship, which is now described and not being as happy as perceived to the outside world.

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

New Biography About John F. Kennedy Jr. 

On the 20th anniversary of his death, a new biography was written by historian Steven Gillon about his good friend John F. Kennedy Jr., called "America's Reluctant Prince" and an A&E documentary in which acquaintances speak of John F. Kennedy Jr. has also recently surfaced.

In an interview with the magazine Town & Country, Steven Gillon says that the couple was not prepared for the paparazzi to show so much interest in them and their lives after their marriage. He talked about Carolyn and said that, "her life was pretty miserable while she was married to John and it wasn't anything that John did, it was because of who he was and what people expected of him. I think she never found her identity as John's wife. She went from being this vivacious and energetic person, and now she feels captive."