Kennedy died on August 25, 2009, from brain cancer, at age 77. He was survived by his wife of 17 years, Victoria, his three children, and two step-children. Here is a copy of his will, courtesy of FOX TV in Boston: Download Ted Kennedy's will.
Kennedy's will reveals that he did the important estate planning that most adults in this country would benefit from ... he created a revocable living trust, The Edward M. Kennedy 2006 Trust. His will directed that all of his assets pass into this trust.
The will states that the trust provides for his wife, three children, other relatives, and for payments of his debts and taxes. It suggests he left nothing for his wife's two children, Kennedy's step-children.