updated 05/22/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/23/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
In the week since Mary Kennedy’s shocking suicide on May 16, dueling versions have emerged about what caused Robert F. Kennedy’s wife to hang herself in a barn on her Bedford, N.Y., estate at age 52.
On May 18, two days after his estranged wife died, RFK Jr. told funeral mourners that Mary suffered from “demons.” “There’s nobody who bore what she bore,” said Kennedy, 58. “She was in agony for five years.”
It was a point also made by his sister, Kerry Kennedy, who spoke about her friend’s lifelong struggle with depression.
But many of Mary’s friends and loved ones took offense to the Kennedys’ comments. “Mary did not have a history of depression,” says a close friend. “She became a troubled person because of the divorce.”