Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife, 74-year-old ketchup-fortune heiress Teresa Heinz Kerry, was rushed by ambulance to a Nantucket hospital on Sunday and has since been flown to Boston for more advanced treatment.
Here’s what you should know about this prominent player and her grave condition.
1. She Was Said to Be in Critical But Stable Condition
Heinz Kerry was reportedly at home in Nantucket, Massachusetts, with her husband on Sunday afternoon, July 7, when she was taken to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital with an unspecified condition. According to reports, she was stabilized there and then airlifted to Mass General in Boston. John was with her the whole time.
2. She May Have Had a Seizure
AP is reporting that “a person in close contact with the family” says Heinz Kerry suffered symptoms that indicate a seizure.
3. She’s a Breast Cancer Survivor
Heinz Kerry underwent breast cancer surgery in 2009. She reportedly had multiple lumpectomies and underwent targeted radiation treatment.
4. She Has Three Sons
In addition to her husband, Heinz Kerry has three sons praying for her well-being. All from her first marriage to H.J. Heinz Company heir Henry John Heinz III, they are: H. John IV, 46, Andre, 43, and Christopher, 40. Her first husband died in a plane crash on April 4, 1991.
5. She Might Be a Billionaire
As the beneficiary of her late husband’s fortune, Heinz Kerry is extremely wealthy. While estimates of her net worth vary, this 2004 article pegged her fortune in the neighborhood of $1 billion.