Hyannis Port, MA — Saoirse Kennedy-Hill, the granddaughter of former U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was found dead at the age of 22 Thursday afternoon after suffering what is alleged to be a drug overdose at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port.
Friends of the family report emergency responders arrived at the comlex at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon on August 1st as a result of an emergency call. Kennedy-Hill was taken to Cape Cod Hospital shortly afterwards, where she was pronounced dead. Tara Miltimore, assistant district attorney for Barnstable county, stated police are currently investigating the case as a reported unattended death.
The late Kennedy-Hill is the granddaughter of slain presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and human rights advocate Ethel Kennedy. Her father, Paul Michael Hill, was one of the Guilford Four, who were falsely imprisoned on suspicion of Irish Republican Army bombings of several pubs in 1974.
Kennedy-Hill had openly discussed her ongoing struggle with depression, as well as an apparent sexual assault. "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," she wrote in a 2016 editorial for her high school newspaper, the Deerfield Scroll. “[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 after someone I knew and loved broke 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.”
“Many people are suffering, but because many people feel uncomfortable talking about it, no one is aware of the sufferers. This leaves people feeling even more alone.”
Kennedy-Hill was currently majoring in media and communications at Boston College, where she was expected to graduate in 2020. Her uncle, David Kennedy, was found dead in Brazil in 1984 after a suspected overdose. Kennedy-Hill allegedly commemorated his death in a 2012 social media post: “You were a kind, gentle spirit that went through unimaginable struggles in your life. It saddens me to know that we will never meet in this world, but I know I will see you up in heaven.”
“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse. Her life was filled with hope, promise and love,” Kerry Kennedy, Kennedy-Hill’s mother, stated in an Instagram post early Friday morning. “She cared deeply about friends and family, especially her mother Courtney, her father Paul, her stepmother Stephanie, and her grandmother Ethel, who said, “The world is a little less beautiful today.” She lit up our lives with her love, her peals of laughter and her generous spirit. Saoirse was passionately moved by the causes of human rights and women’s empowerment and found great joy in volunteer work, working alongside indigenous communities to build schools in Mexico. We will love her and miss her forever.