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Son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy is writing a memoir titled ‘Coming Clean’

Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, is writing a memoir titled “Coming Clean.”

The publishing company of the memoir, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Tuesday that the memoir is slated to for next fall.

“I realize that I have an enormous opportunity to turn my biggest liability – my illness, which includes addiction – into an asset to help countless numbers of Americans who quietly suffer and cannot afford treatment or risk telling their employers,” Kennedy said in a statement.

“That’s why I’m writing this book. I hope that by telling the real story of my own personal struggle, I can kick off my lifelong mission: to destigmatize addiction and other neurological ailments, and break down the barriers between research and treatment of different types of brain disorders.

“Coming clean about his family and himself is an important first step in his initiative to help the millions of Americans who suffer from similar afflictions.”

The 43-year old Democrat has battled depression, alcohol addiction and drug addiction.  He will be retiring from Congress after eight terms.

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