Kennedy underwent major bypass surgery in 2006. Longtime friend and fellow legislator Representative James Buskey said he was aware of Kennedy's battle with heart problems.
"Dr. Kennedy has a history of heart disease in the family. I found that out about four or five years ago when Dr. Kennedy had quadruple bypass surgery," Buskey said.
Annette Baker said she's known Dr. Kennedy for many years, and she will be missed.
"It's going to be a loss to the whole community, and just all over the United States, because Dr. Kennedy was known all over the United States, and it's going to be a great loss to everybody," Baker said.
There was no word Sunday from the family on funeral arrangements.
A spokesperson at Bishop State Community College said the school expects to hear from the family Monday about the funeral arrangements.
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