Saoirse Kennedy Hill, a 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F Kennedy, has died following an apparent overdose at the family’s compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,” the Kennedy family said in a statement released to local media. “Her life was filled with hope, promise and love.”
The statement quoted her grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, as saying: “The world is a little less beautiful today.”
Saoirse was the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill, the fifth of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s 11 children, and Paul Michael Hill.
A student at Boston College, Saoirse was a communication major and vice president of the Student Democrats.
The New York Times reported that she had written about struggling with mental illness while a student at a private school in Massachusetts in 2016.
Her depression, she wrote, "took root in the beginning of my middle school years and will be with me for the rest of my life."