Saoirse Kennedy Hill, was identified by her family. She was the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill, the fifth of 11 children born to the late New York senator and his wife Ethel

By Ian Horswill


Posted on August 2, 2019

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy has died at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port in Massachusetts, the family said in a statement.

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, was identified by her family. She was the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill, the fifth of 11 children born to the late New York senator and his wife Ethel, The New York Times reported, and Paul Michael Hill, who was one of four falsely convicted in the 1974 Irish Republican Army bombings of two hotels.

“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,” the family said in a statement issued by Brian Wright O’Connor, a spokesman for the former congressman Joseph P Kennedy II.

“Her life was filled with hope, promise and love. She cared deeply about friends and family, especially her mother Courtney, her father Paul, her stepmother Stephanie, and her grandmother Ethel.”

Ethel Kennedy, 91, said, “The world is a little less beautiful today.”

Hyannis Fire Captain Greg Dardia told Fox News that paramedics responded to a medical call at 28 Marchant Ave on Thursday around 2.30pm local time.

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, a student at Boston College according to her LinkedIn page, was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in an unknown condition. It is not clear whether she died at the hospital or at the property.

Boston 25 News, citing a law enforcement source, reported that Hill died from a suspected drug overdose.

“Earlier this afternoon Barnstable Police responded to a residence on Marchant Ave in Hyannis Port for a reported unattended death,” Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Tara Miltimore said in a statement.

“The matter remains under investigation by Barnstable Police and State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office.”

In 2016, she wrote about struggling with depression in a column published in The Deerfield Scroll.

“When you were little, did you ever have friends your mom made you hang out with, even though you didn’t want to? Then those friends kept showing up, and you were confused and sick of them,” Saoirse Kennedy Hill wrote. “Soon enough, those friends were around so much that you got used to them. Finally, those friends were always with you and never left, and you almost began to enjoy having them around.”

“Until last year, this was my relationship with my mental illness. My depression took root in the beginning of my middle school years and will be with me for the rest of my life. Although I was mostly a happy child, I suffered bouts of deep sadness that felt like a heavy boulder on my chest. These bouts would come and go, but they did not outwardly affect me until I was a new sophomore at Deerfield.

“We all know that some people find winter at Deerfield lonely, dark, and long. I began isolating myself in my room, pulling away from my relationships, and giving up on schoolwork. During the last few weeks of spring term, my sadness surrounded me constantly. But that summer after my sophomore year, my friend depression rarely came around anymore, and I was thankful for her absence.

“Two weeks before my junior year began, however, my friend came back and planned to stay. My sense of well-being was already compromised and I totally lost it when someone I knew and loved broke totally serious sexual boundaries with me. I did the worst thing a victim can do, and I pretended it hadn’t happened. This all became too much, and I attempted to take my own life.”

The Kennedy statement further stated that Saoirse “was passionate about human rights and women’s empowerment and that she worked with indigenous communities to build schools in Mexico,” AP reported.

On Twitter, she wrote, “Boston College student account for Social Media and Social Justice class. Raising awareness for the #metoo movement.” She wrote on Twitter, “Under the Obama Admin., sexual assault on college campuses was an issue that was heavily focused on. College administrations were held responsible for creating a culture in which inappropriate sexual behavior (sic) would be punished to the highest extent.”

She supported the #metoo movement. “Sexual harassment training in professional workplaces have been mandatory in certain states for quite some time. The #metoo movement has sparked a push for training sessions & is calling on lawmakers to pass bills to ensure mandatory training in more cities & states,” she wrote.

On Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s LinkedIn page, she wrote about her career goals.

“I am a Junior at Boston College with a passion for the study of mass media and communication. I seek a career where I can merge my studies with my interest in politics and contribute to the national dialogue on the issues that are most important to me through TV, radio, music, and film,” she wrote.

“The Kennedy curse” is a term created by Ted Kennedy after a series of deaths and calamities involving members of the American Kennedy family. Ted Kennedy publicly wondered whether a “curse actually did hang over all the Kennedys” during his own testimony after the car he was driving killed his 28-year-old passenger Mary Jo Kopechne in 1969.

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