Christopher Lawford Dead at 63

TMZ is reporting that actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, the son of actor Peter Lawford and the nephew of President John Kennedy, died on September 4. He was 63.

Law enforcement officials tell TMZ that Lawford was at a Yoga studio Tuesday evening when he had a "medical emergency" and passed away.

He received a bachelor of arts from Tufts University, a juris doctor from Boston College Law School and a masters certification in clinical psychology from Harvard Medical School, where he held an academic appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry.

Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer.

From 1992-1995 he played Charlie Brent on ABC soap opera All My Children. In 2003, he appeared on General Hospital at Senator Jordan.

He was the author of three New York Times best-selling books, "Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption" (2005), "Moments of Clarity" (2009) and "Recover to Live" (2013) . He has also published "Healing Hepatitis C" (2009) and "What Addicts Know" (2014).

In recovery for more than 29 years from drug addiction, Lawford campaigned tirelessly on behalf of the recovery community in both the public and private sectors. He worked with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, and the World Health Organization.

In 2009, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Lawford to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. In 2011, Lawford was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime to promote activities supporting drug treatment, care, and recovery.

Watch Lawford as Charlie Brent on All My Children in the clip below.

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