The legendary U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, the man responsible for the first jet fighter to carry a nuclear warhead, is dead.
His remains were found Saturday in his North Carolina home.
John F Kennedy Jr., 92, died Saturday at his home in the small town of New Hanover, N.C., his son said in a statement.
His son, John F., Jr., also said the remains had not been identified.
John Kennedy Jr. did not elaborate on what he had done for a living or how the remains were discovered.
He said he had been a practicing chiropractor in the area for 30 years.
Kennedy’s death came after months of searching and at the urging of the Air Force, a former member of Congress and a top aviation official, said Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican.
He called the death “a very sad day for all Americans.”
It was the third time in less than a year that the body of the late senator had been found.
A few days earlier, John Kennedy’s wife, Marjorie, was found in a North Carolina river after being reported missing by her husband.
In March, the Air National Guard found the body in the ocean after responding to a 911 call from his wife.
John McCain’s wife and son were also reported missing on the same day.
The Navy was investigating the deaths, but said they were not connected.
The cause of death is not known.
It is not clear whether the plane, named the F-4 Phantom II, was the same aircraft that was shot down in a 1967 bombing of an Iranian oil refinery in which two Americans were killed.
A year later, John McCain said the U.,S.
military was not looking for a political motive.
“We are focused on finding a safe, secure place for John McCain,” the senator said.
“I want to assure you that we have no political motives in this.
The United States Air Force has lost a hero.”
The death comes just days after a senior Air Force official was killed in the line of duty in a plane crash near San Diego.