He shared the good looks and acting talent of his father Peter Lawford. And the addiction curse on his mother's side of the family. That side also saddled him with the burden of carrying on the Kennedy legacy.
He was Chris Lawford. His uncle had been John F. Kennedy.
Somehow he found his way through so many blessings and obstacles. When he wasn't doing what he had to do to earn a living, Lawford was educating addicts on how they could find how to manage to live substance free. One of his seminal books has been "Voices From the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery."
Of course, Lawford also had been through the wringer on all that. He was candid about his own struggles with compulsion. In itself, that reduced some of the stigma.
Today he left us at the young age 0f 63. The cause of death seems to have been a heart attack. Here are more details.
Unfortunately, with the opioid epidemic, Lawford was never more needed. Weekly, at the meetings of recovery groups there are the announcements of those who fatally overdosed since the group got together the week before.
Full Disclosure: I entered recovery for alcohol abuse in August 1981. At the time, I was inspired by the stories of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, co-founders of the 12-step programs.
Those entering recovery later would hear the saga of how Lawford overcame his own demons.
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