Death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, fuels ‘Kennedy Curse’ rumors

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died from a suspected drug overdose in her family’s Cape Cod home Thursday. The 22-year-old’s death is being reported as the latest tragedy in the “Kennedy Curse.”

Tara Miltimore of the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the Barnstable Police Department responded to the Hyannis Port home at 3 p.m. on Thursday “for an unresponsive female, later identified as Saoirse Kennedy Hill.”

The statement read, “Hill was transported to Cape Cod Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted jurisdiction of the case. An autopsy performed today has revealed no trauma inconsistent with lifesaving measures. The cause and manner of death are pending the toxicology report. The matter remains under investigation by Barnstable Police and State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office.”

According to the New York Times, Saoirse, the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill and the granddaughter of Ethel Kennedy, 91, (who was married to the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy) was declared dead at Cape Cod Hospital. She was a junior at Boston College.

“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,” the Kennedy family told the New York Times. “Her life was filled with hope, promise and love.” In the statement to the paper, Ethel said, “The world is a little less beautiful today.”

In a statement to the Associated Press, the Kennedy family said, "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...We will love her and miss her forever."

A spokesperson for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. Saoirse’s aunt Kerry Kennedy posted a photo of the two on Instagram writing, “Sweet Saoirse.”

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The “Kennedy Curse” is a pop culture label to describe untimely deaths in the iconic family — as members have died by assassination, plane crashes and other accidents stemming as far back as World War II.

In 1968, Saoirse’s grandfather Robert F. Kennedy was shot to death at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, during his Democratic presidential campaign.

The late senator was the brother of the 35th president John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963 while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas with his wife Jacqueline. Earlier that year, the New York Post reported, the couple lost their premature son, who died two days after birth. Jacqueline died in 1994 from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 64.

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Massachusetts, USA, 1950's, President of the United States of America John F, Kennedy pictured as a young man with his wife Jackie Kennedy (Jacqueline Bouvier) early in their marriage (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Massachusetts, USA, 1950's, President of the United States of America John F, Kennedy pictured as a young man with his wife Jackie Kennedy at home (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
NEWPORT, RI - SEPTEMBER 12: John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy outside St. Mary's Church after their wedding on September 12, 1953. (Photo by Charles F. McCormick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: US President John Kennedy, President Charles de Gaulle and Jackie Kennedy in Paris at the Elysee Palace May 31, 1961 (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
1956: Waiter clearing dishes fr. table in front of actor David Niven (3R) sitting next to Sen. Jack Kennedy's wife Jackie (2R) w. others dining at society gala sponsored by wife of US Amb. to Cuba, in the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. At the far left is Jackie's sister Caroline Lee Bouvier (later Canfield, Radziwill, and Ross). (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
March 25, 1958: Sen. Jack Kennedy cuddling his darling baby daughter Caroline who is smiling as her mom Jackie looks on in delight while relaxing on bed at home. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
JULY 20: John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy. (Photo by Charles McCormick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Sen. Jack Kennedy slyly lending an ear to his wife Jackie's giddy whisper as they sit together at table during cocktail hour before dining at society gala sponsored by wife of US Amb. to Cuba, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) and her daughter Caroline pause on the stairs of their vacation home and look back down, Hyannisport, Massachusetts, September 1960. Ms. Kenney wears a trenchcoat and a flower-print scarf over her hair while Caroline is dressed in a overalls. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jackie Kennedy and friends, circa 1960s. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).
CIRCA 1960s: Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy enjoys herself at a picnic circa the 1960s. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 1961: President Kennedy (R) with First Lady Jackie (L) (in fur-trimmed suit designed by Oleg Cassini) at his inauguration. (Photo by Leonard McCombe/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - UNSPECIFIED DATE: American president John and Jackie Kennedy at the American Embassy during 1961 in Paris, France. (Photo by S010/COLLECTION SALINGER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
The newly-elected President John Fitzgerald Kennedy with wife Jackie after giving the traditional acceptance speech. USA, November 1960 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Frank Sinatra escorting Jacqueline Kennedy to her box at a gala, held at the National Guard Armory in Washington DC, the night before the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, 19th January 1961. The gala was staged by Sinatra to help pay off the campaign debts of Kennedy and the Democratic Party. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Portrait of American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1960 - 1999) in the Red Room of the White House, Washington DC, January 15, 1962. During the filming of a CBS News Special program called 'A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy,' she stands in front of an Alfred Wordsworth Thompson painting of the Civil War battle at Balls Bluff, Virginia. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
The President and Mrs. Kennedy attend a White House Ceremony February 19, 1963. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
First Lady Jackie Kennedy speaks to a guest while attending a White House ceremony January 8, 1963 in Washington, DC. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
UNITED STATES : A contemporary report ran: ?Caroline, five, moves into the big time. Big day for a small girl. The day she moved from the junior to the senior class. The day she rode not her own pony, Macaroni, but mother?s horse, Rufus, with her mother. The girl is Caroline Kennedy, five-year-old daughter of America?s President John Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline.? President Kennedy was assassinated later that year, on November 22. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
18th October 1968: Millionaire shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (1906 - 1975) with his wife Jackie (Bouvier Kennedy, 1929 - 1994). (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Kennedy (left), John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Lee Rodziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis, Anthony Radziwill, and Tina Radziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis during Jackie Kennedy and Family Shopping in Capri - August 24, 1970 in Capri, Italy. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis in Capri, Italy. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis with son John Kennedy Jr during Jackie Onassis Sighting at the Philharmonic Hall - December 13, 1971 at The Philharmonic Hall in New York City, United States. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Washington, D.C. May 14th 1976. Jackie Onassis and Alexandrje Orfila at The Kennedy Center (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis and Alex Orfila during OAS Party following the Kennedy Center Gala at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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And in 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., the 38-year-old editor-in-chief of George magazine and son of the first couple, crashed a small plane into the ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. JFK Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessett-Kennedy, 33, and her sister Lauren, 34, all died.

In 1969, a week after driving his car off a cliff in Martha’s Vineyard and killing passenger and political activist Mary Jo Kopechne, Senator Ted Kennedy, the former president’s brother, mused on television whether "some awful curse did actually hang over all the Kennedys." The senator died of cancer at age 77 in 2009.

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Municipal Art Society of New York Benefit held at the 69th Regiment Armory. John F. Kennedy Jr. with his girlfriend Carolyn Bessette, a Calvin Klein publicist. John and his sister Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg Presented the Jaqueline Onassis Medal to I.M.Pei at the dinner. John very protective and attentive to his girlfriend at the benefit gala was seen holding hands and whispering in her ear. (Photo By: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) John-John Kennedy and his friend Carolyn Bessette during the reception at Chateau de Malagny. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 06: John F. Kennedy Jr. and bride Carolyn Bessette Kennedy stand in front of their apartment in Tribecca. (Photo by Jon Naso/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960 - 1999) with his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, USA, circa 1995. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
John F Kennedy Jr and his wife Carolyn Bessette walk to the subway after leaving their Tribeca loft on N Moore St, New York, New York, October 10, 1996. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 23: Newlyweds Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. walk along Varick Street in Manhattan. (Photo by Jon Naso/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 4: Lawyer John Kennedy Jr. and wife Carolyn Bessette at the 30th Anniversary for the Whitney Museum on November 4, 1996 in New York City. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
292061 08: (MAGAZINES PLEASE CALL) John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn walk with their dog January 1, 1997 in New York City. July 16, 2000 marks the one-year anniversary of the plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts that killed John F. Kennedy Jr., 38, his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 33, and her sister Lauren Bessette, 34. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
John F. Kennedy, Jr. attends the George magazine anniversary party with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) John-John Kennedy and his wife Caroline arrive for the reception. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) : 10/18/1997-New York, NY: John F. Kennedy Jr. walks along a New York City street with wife Carolyn Bessette. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy Jr. and wife Carolyn at GEORGE magazine's 2nd anniversary party. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy Jr. and wife Carolyn. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
CENTERVILLE - JANUARY 3: John Kennedy and his wife Carolyn Bessette arrive at Our Lady of Victory Church for funeral service of Michael Kennedy. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy (L) and her husband John Kennedy Jr attend an official dinner hosted by US President BIll Clinton in honor of Great Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair 05 February at the White House in Washington, DC. Blair is on a four day visit to the US. (Photo credit should read JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
John and Caroline Bessette Kennedy. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 05: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy is amused by the whisperings of her husband, John F. Kennedy Jr., at the Municipal Art Society gala at Grand Central Terminal. They turned out to celebrate the terminal's renovation. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 05: John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, are on hand at the Municipal Art Society gala at Grand Central Terminal. The party marked the terminal's renovation. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
347549 06: John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette pose for a picture at the Annual Fundraising Gala March 9, 1999 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. It is also the kick-off event for the museum's new exhibition entitled ''The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000.'' (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
John F. Kennedy jr. & Carolyn Bessette at the "Bright Night Whitney" Annual Fundraising Gala in New York City, NY, Whitney Museum, 9th March 1999. (Photo by RJ Capak/WireImage)
359625 01: (MAGS PLEASE CALL) John F. Kennedy, Jr. editor of George magazine, gives his wife Carolyn a kiss on the cheek during the annual White House Correspondents dinner May 1, 1999 in Washington, D.C. July 16, 2000 marks the one year anniversary of the plane crash which killed Kennedy, his wife and sister-in-law. (Photo by Tyler Mallory/Liaison)
John F. Kennedy Jr and his wife Carolyn Bessett leave at the end of the White House Correspondent's annual dinner in Washington, DC, 01 May 1999. The event was attended by numerous celebrities. (Photo credit should read MANNY CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)
John Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessett arrive at the US Customs House in New York city May 19, 1999 for the Newman's Own/George Awards honoring generous American companies. (Photo by Diane Freed)
(L-R) Married actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward w. magazine editor John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn at the Newmans Own George Awards, U.S. Customs House, New York City, NY, 19th May 1999. (Photo by Mirek Towski/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Carolyn Bessette and John F Kennedy Jr. at the Newmans Own George Awards, U.S. Customs House, New York City, NY, 5/19/99. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy arrive at the annual John F. Kennedy Library Foundation dinner and Profiles in Courage awards in honor of the former President's 82nd Birthday, Sunday, May 23, 1999 at the Kennedy Library in Boston, MA. (Photo by Justin Ide)
BOSTON - MAY 23: (FILE PHOTO) John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy arrive at the annual John F. Kennedy Library Foundation dinner and Profiles in Courage awards in honor of the former President''s 82nd Birthday May 23, 1999 at the Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts. Four years ago on July 16, 1999, Kennedy, his wife Bessette Kennedy and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard (Photo by Justin Ide/Getty Images)
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Jack Dunn, a spokesperson for Boston College tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “Saoirse Kennedy Hill was a gifted student in the Class of 2020 at Boston College, where she studied Communication in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. She was also active in the College Democrats, and had many friends on the BC campus. Faculty who taught Saoirse describe her as ‘thoughtful and compassionate, and possessing a deep empathy for others.’ We extend our deepest condolences to her family in the wake of this tragic loss.”

Saoirse’s Twitter bio read, “Raising awareness for the #MeToo movement,” where she tweeted about President TrumpBill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. In 2018, she wrote from the account, “The sensationalization of claims made by women who are victims of sexual harassment and assault is one of the biggest issues the movement is tackling. Believing victims when they come forth is an important step in the fight against sexual assault.”

As a high school student at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, Saoirse wrote a 2016 op-ed for its newspaper The Deerfield Scroll describing her depression as “bouts of deep sadness that felt like a heavy boulder on my chest” that increased during her sophomore year in high school.

She wrote, “My sense of well-being was already compromised, and I totally lost it after someone I knew and loved broke serious sexual boundaries with me. I did the worst thing a victim can do, and I pretended it hadn’t happened. This all became too much, and I attempted to take my own life.”

Representatives of the Barnstable Police department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston, Mass. did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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