Saoirse Kennedy Hill died of an accidental overdose, her death certificate disclosed, stated by local Boston news outlets.
The Boston Herald and WCBV5 reported on Friday the toxicology results disclosing a combination of chemicals such as methadone, fluoxetine, diazepam, alcohol, and other chemicals were found in Hill’s system at the time of her death.
The 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill died at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on August 1, shocked by famed family.
The Kennedy family officially confirmed her death in a statement to the Associated Press, saying, “Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse.”
“She lit up our lives with her love, her peals of laughter and her generous spirit,” the statement said, noting that Hill was passionate about human rights, women’s empowerment and volunteer work in indigenous communities. “We will love her and miss her forever.”
Hill was the only child of Courtney Kennedy Hill, the 5th of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s 11 kids. Hill’s father is Paul Michael Hill, one of four falsely convicted within the 1974 Irish Republican military bombings of pubs.
“The world is a little less beautiful today” Robert’s widow Ethel, 91, said at the time following her granddaughter’s shockingly sudden death.
Hill was a member of Boston College’s class of 2020, the university confirmed to the Boston Globe. Before that, she attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where she revealed her struggles with mental disease.
“My depression took root at the beginning of my middle school years and will be with me for the rest of my life,” she wrote in a 2016 essay for the school’s student newspaper. “Although I was mostly a happy child, I suffered bouts of deep sadness that felt like a heavy boulder on my chest.”
Saoirse’s death added to the compilation of tragedies that have to fall upon the Kennedy family, exemplifying the so-called “Kennedy curse.” Among such tragedies is the assassination of her grandfather, “Bobby” Kennedy, who was assassinated the same night he won the New York and California presidential primaries in the 1968 election. Bobby’s death was followed by the assassination of his brother, former president John F. Kennedy, in 1963.