Saoirse Roisin Kennedy-Hill died aged 22 in a suspected drug overdose at the Kennedy Compound on Cape Cod just after 2.30pm Thursday.
Saorsie is the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill and granddaughter of the late Robert F Kennedy and his wife Ethel, who lives at the home where the alleged overdose occurred.
‘Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,’ the Kennedy family said in a statement. ‘Her life was filled with hope, promise, and love.’
The statement quoted Saoirse’s grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, as saying: ‘The world is a little less beautiful today.’
Paramedics responding to a call of a suspected overdose just after 2.30pm Thursday arrived at the scene and found the patient in cardiac arrest.
The woman was transported to Cape Cod Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to local media.
While she was attending boarding school at Deerfield Academy in 2016, Saorsie penned an article for the student paper about her struggles with depression and mental illness.
She revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a friend during her junior year and attempted to take her own life.
Saorsie underwent treatment for depression before returning to school. In the article, which she penned during her senior year, she described feeling unsettled and lonely because few people on campus knew about her illness.
She said her depression ‘took root in the beginning of my middle school years and will be with me for the rest of my life’.
Saorsie went on to enroll at Boston College, where she was a communication major and vice president of the College Democrats.
Her father is Paul Michael Hill, an Irishman who was one of the Guildford Four, a group of men wrongly convicted of bombings carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1974.
Hill and Courtney Kennedy married in 1993 and welcomed their only daughter – whose name means ‘freedom’ in Irish – in 1997. They lived in Ireland from 2002 until 2006, the year they legally separated.
Barnstable police are now investigating.
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