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How did President John F. Kennedy die?

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June 28, 2016 5:51PM

President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. He was shot and killed in Dallas, TX while riding with his wife Jackie in a motorcade.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was riding in an open-top limousine in a Dallas, TX, motorcade on November 22, 1963. Inside the limousine, Texas governor John Connally and his wife were in the front seat and John and Jacqueline Kennedy were sitting in the back seat. When they entered Dealey Plaza three shots rang out. The first shot (also known as the magic bullet) went through President Kennedy's neck and apparently struck Governor John Connally in the lower back and arm. The third shot struck President Kennedy in the head, blasting away part of his skull and brain. The President was then rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead after a priest administered the last rites.

At the time of the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald was believed to be Kennedy's assassin. This was the conclusion of the fact-finding Warren Commission. However, several theories regarding the people and circumstances surrounding President Kennedy's death have arisen over the years.