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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Gwyneth Paltrow Cousins: Report

First Posted: 01/09/11 09:32 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shot Saturday, allegedly by 22-year old Jared Lee Loughner, is cousins with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Roger Friedman, of Showbiz411.com, reports. Paltrow's father Bruce was cousins with Gifford's father, Spencer, making the women second cousins.

The show's website reports that Paltrow and Giffords are cousins, but have not met. Paltrow released a statement on Sunday, saying, "Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting congresswoman Giffords, my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as well as the other victims of this horrible act of senseless violence."

Giffords is married to an astronaut, Captain Mark Kelly. His brother, astronaut Scott J. Kelly, is currently in space. Paltrow is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and producer Bruce Paltrow.

Giffords was one of twenty people shot Saturday; six have already passed away.

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