Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter Dies of Suspected Overdose

We’re sad to report that Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill died Thursday after what multiple reports described as a suspected overdose. She was 22.

The Kennedy family confirmed the news of her death to People magazine, hours after paramedics rushed to their Massachusetts home.

“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse. Her life was filled with hope, promise, and love,” the family said in a statement. “She cared deeply about friends and family, especially her mother Courtney, her father Paul, her stepmother Stephanie, and her grandmother Ethel.”

Ethel Kennedy, 91, personally spoke out about the death.

“The world is a little less beautiful today,” Ethel said. “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.”

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