NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- A new book on the life of the Kennedy family claims the late John Kennedy Jr. was reliant on Ritalin most of his life.
Edward Klein, author of "The Kennedy Curse," wrote John Jr. had plenty of experience with powerful drugs when he convinced his wife, Carolyn Bessette, to take anti-depressants.
John Jr. "remained on Ritalin for the rest of his life" after he was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia after his dad's assassination," an excerpt in the New York Post said.
But John Jr. had only "mixed results" over the years: He flunked out of the prestigious Phillips Academy prep school and later failed the New York State Bar exam twice before finally passing the third time.
And years later, "thunderstruck" his wife was cheating, John-John, convinced her to see a shrink and "made sure she took her daily dose" of an unidentified anti-depressant.