Robert Kennedy Jr. hospitalized for irregular heartbeat

Wednesday, May 2nd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

SEATTLE (AP) _ Environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. was hospitalized overnight for an irregular heartbeat, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Kennedy, 47, was released from Swedish Medical Center on Wednesday morning after spending the night, said hospital spokeswoman Melissa Tizon. He was in Seattle for a speech.

A hospital news release said Kennedy was admitted with a condition known as atrial fibrillation. The condition can occur in otherwise healthy adults, the release said.

His heartbeat was restored to normal after treatment, and he was released in good condition, the hospital said.

Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is co-director of the Environmental Law Project at Pace University in White Plains, N.Y., and heads the Hudson Riverkeeper program. His father represented New York in the Senate.

Kennedy came to Seattle from Puerto Rico, where he was briefly detained Monday with others protesting U.S. Navy bombing exercises on the island of Vieques.