The Kennedy family has been going through a tough time as they mourn the tragic loss of Saoirse Kennedy Hill, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy.
According to The New York Times, the 22-year-old suffered apparently from an overdose on August 1, Thursday at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. Saoirse was the only daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill.
The Kennedy family soon confirmed the news of Saoirse’s death in a statement saying they are shattered by the loss of their beloved daughter and that her life was full of love, hope, and promise.
Ethel Kennedy, the 91-year-old widow of RFK and Saoirse’s grandmother, paid special tribute to her in the statement. The statement further continued and read that Saoirse deeply cared for her friends and family, especially her father Paul, her mother Courtney and her stepmother Stephanie, and her grandmother Ethel, who went on to say that the world seemed a little less beautiful without her that day.
Saoirse’s family even talked about how passionate she was about human rights and women’s empowerment, and how she found great joy in volunteer work while working with indigenous communities to build educational institutions in Mexico.
Emergency personnel rushed at about 2:30 p.m. to the Kennedy Compound following an alleged cardiac arrest, reported the local outlets. The woman’s identity was not immediately revealed but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital later on.
Kennedy Hill reportedly majored in communications and was enrolled at Boston College. She served as the vice president of the College Democrats organization and even participated in many awareness events.
Kennedy Hill along with her mother attended a rally against gun violence on March 2018. According to the reports of The Barnstable Patriot Courtney took the stage besides Saoirse when she reportedly shared an anecdote about the RFK 1968 assassination while addressing the attendees.
Kennedy Hill said she and her father were the product of gun violence and that they were damaged goods. While quoting her uncle, the former President of The United States and a fellow gun violence victim John F. Kennedy, she continued saying that when a person is killed by gun violence, the entire nation is degraded.
Saoirse had written a piece for her school’s student newspaper back in 2016, which talked about her own battles with depression and prompted for mental health awareness.
Our condolences go out to Saoirse’s family at this difficult time.