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John F. Kennedy Jr. at Barnstable
Municipal Airport, April 25, 1986.

Media Pays Tribute to JFK Jr. on 10th Anniversary of His Death

July 16, 2009
by Anita Gutierrez-Folch
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy Jr., affectionately remembered as “John-John,” and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, in a plane crash near the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

JFK Jr. Remembered

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on July 16, 1999, Kennedy took off from Essex County Airport in New Jersey in his Piper Saratoga plane with his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, on board. He planned to drop off Lauren in Martha’s Vineyard and then continue to Hyannis Port, Mass., where his cousin, Rory, was getting married.

Unfortunately, John was an inexperienced pilot, and was not able to control the plane’s descent over water on a hazy night. The three bodies were discovered a few days later, on July 21, by a team of divers. Their remains were scattered at sea from a navy destroyer, the USS Briscoe, during a memorial ceremony on July 22.

Many publications and media outlets have paid tribute to JFK Jr.’s death. People magazine presents a photo essay, “An Intimate Look at JFK Jr.,” with private photos donated by his close friend Sasha Chermayeff. Access Hollywood, on the other hand, offers a video memorial with photographs, interviews and clips of the beloved “son of Camelot.” 

According to, the 10th anniversary of JFK Jr.’s death passed with little fanfare, “overshadowed by attention paid to the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon mission.”

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