Christopher Kennedy Lawford says he should be dead. Patrick Kennedy says he had to leave Congress for a chance to get sober. The Kennedy cousins tell Lloyd Grove about getting clean. Given every noxious substance he’s forced into his body, Christopher Kennedy Lawford ought to be dead. So why isn’t he?

“I don’t know. You’ll have to ask God that,” he tells me. “Because, truly, I died basically four times and I should be dead. That’s what happens a lot. My father died of it. My cousin David died of it. I believe their deaths are what ultimately got me sober—and keep me sober today.”

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