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Saoirse Kennedy Hill, found dead in her family's Cape Cod complex, struggled with depression

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Depression was an unwelcome “friend” of Robert Kennedy’s
granddaughter, whose death in the legendary Cape Cod
family complex was investigated on Friday by police.


22-year-old Soires Kennedy Hill, a student at Boston College,
openly wrote about her fight against mental illness in a 2016
essay for a student newspaper at a Massachusetts preparatory
school in which she previously attended.


Hill said that the “deep sadness that looked like a heavy boulder
on my chest,” which she first felt in high school, returned two
weeks before her first year at Deerfield Academy after “someone
I knew and loved, crossed with me serious sexual boundaries, "


Hill, who was one of the 35 grandchildren of Robert and Ethel
Kennedy, did not recognize anyone. But her piercing words
surfaced when the Kennedy family was forced to face the
tragedy again.


“Saoirse was cruel, both in her love for her family and in her
pursuit of justice,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote on Instagram.
“A fearless adventurer, she inspired the curiosity and courage
of her friends. But her greatest gift was to find humor in
everything and give us all her laughter - and our own. The
gaping hole she leaves in our family is too big to heal. "


A day earlier, 91-year-old Ethel Kennedy made a statement.
“The world today is a little less beautiful,” she said.


The New York Times, citing two close relatives, reported that
Hill died on Thursday from a clear overdose.


NBC News did not confirm this report. However, on Friday, the
Cape and Islands County Attorney's Office issued a statement
confirming that Hill was detected as “not responding” to the
property and that an autopsy was performed.


“Toxicology awaits the cause and cause of death,” said Tara
Miltimore from Cape County and the islands. "This issue
has not yet been investigated by Barnstable and the state
police appointed to the district attorney's office."

Hill was the daughter of Paul Hill and Courtney Kennedy, the
fifth of 11 children of Robert Kennedy, a former U.S. attorney
general and senator from New York who was killed in 1968
when he was looking for Democrats for the president.

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