Saoirse Kennedy-Hill, a 22-year-old granddaughter of slain U.S. Sen Robert F. Kennedy, died Thursday after suffering an apparent overdose at the Kennedy family compound.
She was at the Hyannis Port compound, where her grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, resides, when emergency responders were called on Thursday afternoon, The New York Times reported. She was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, where she was pronounced dead.
Kennedy-Hill was the daughter of Paul Michael Hill, who was wrongly imprisoned for bombings attributed to the Irish Republican Army in 1974. Her mother, Courtney Kennedy Hill, is one of 11 children of the late presidential candidate and Ethel Kennedy.
The Kennedy family said in a statement, “Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse. 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, 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.”