Saoirse Kennedy Hill allegedly didn't party, was getting help for depression before her death

Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s loved ones say the late 22-year-old wasn’t a “partier.”

The Boston College student and the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill, died of a suspected overdose at Cape Cod Hospital on Thursday, according to the New York Times. She was found unconscious at her 91-year-old grandmother Ethel Kennedy’s compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.

As a family friend told Page Six on Friday, “There’s never been any sign to the family that Saoirse was drinking or taking drugs. She wasn’t a partier or anything.” The source said that most members of the Kennedy family don’t drink alcohol.

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BARNSTABLE, MA - AUGUST 5: Maria Shriver, center, attends funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Centerville section of Barnstable, MA on Aug. 5, 2019. Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday for the funeral of 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy who died last week. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BARNSTABLE, MA - AUGUST 5: From left, Ted Kennedy Jr., Joe Kennedy Jr. and Joe Kennedy lll attend the funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Centerville section of Barnstable, MA on Aug. 5, 2019. Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday for the funeral of 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy who died last week. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BARNSTABLE, MA - AUGUST 5: Courtney Kennedy Hill, center in blue, looks on as the casket of her daughter is taken from the hearse as funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill are held at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Centerville section of Barnstable, MA on Aug. 5, 2019. Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday for the funeral of 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy who died last week. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BARNSTABLE, MA - AUGUST 5: The casket enters the church as funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill are held at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Centerville section of Barnstable, MA on Aug. 5, 2019. Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday for the funeral of 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy who died last week. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BARNSTABLE, MA - AUGUST 5: Mourners stand outside the church as funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill are held at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Centerville section of Barnstable, MA on Aug. 5, 2019. Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday for the funeral of 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy who died last week. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BARNSTABLE, MA - AUGUST 5: Paul Michael Hill places his hand on the hearse with his daughter inside as funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill are held at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Centerville section of Barnstable, MA on Aug. 5, 2019. Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday for the funeral of 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy who died last week. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BARNSTABLE, MA - AUGUST 5: Ethel Kennedy is helped to the church as funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill are held at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Centerville section of Barnstable, MA on Aug. 5, 2019. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BARNSTABLE, MA - AUGUST 5: Paul Michael Hill is consoled while his hand rests on the hearse with his daughter inside as funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill are held at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Centerville section of Barnstable, MA on Aug. 5, 2019. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HYANNIS PORT, MA - AUGUST 2: Ethel Kennedy, left, returns to the family compound after boating oin Hyannis Harbor near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, MA on August 02, 2019. Courtney Kennedy Hill is in the center of the front seat. Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died at the Kennedy compound, according to her family and law enforcement officials. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HYANNIS PORT, MA - AUGUST 2: Ethel Kennedy, left, returns to the family compound after boating oin Hyannis Harbor near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, MA on August 02, 2019. Courtney Kennedy Hill is in the center of the front seat. Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died at the Kennedy compound, according to her family and law enforcement officials. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HYANNIS PORT, MA - AUGUST 2: Ethel Kennedy, left, returns to the family compound after boating oin Hyannis Harbor near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, MA on August 02, 2019. Courtney Kennedy Hill is in the center of the front seat. Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died at the Kennedy compound, according to her family and law enforcement officials. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HYANNIS PORT, MA - AUGUST 2: Ethel Kennedy, left, returns to the family compound after boating oin Hyannis Harbor near the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, MA on August 02, 2019. Courtney Kennedy Hill is in the center of the front seat. Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died at the Kennedy compound, according to her family and law enforcement officials. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BARNSTABLE, MA - AUGUST 5: Mourners stand outside the church as funeral services for Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill are held at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Centerville section of Barnstable, MA on Aug. 5, 2019. Mourners gathered at Our Lady of Victory Church on Monday for the funeral of 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy who died last week. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HYANNIS PORT, MA - AUGUST 2: Robert F Kennedy Jr. arrives at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, MA on August 02, 2019. Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died at the Kennedy compound, according to her family and law enforcement officials. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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The source added that “...Saoirse had a very troubled, unstable childhood and life” before Courtney and her father Paul Hill divorced in 2006 and said, “This girl is very sweet and a very shy girl who has struggled a lot with depression since her early teens.”

On Friday, Tara Miltimore of the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office told Yahoo Lifestyle in a statement, “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.”

Luciana Klosterman, a family friend, told the Daily Mail, “Saoirse was a beautiful girl and full of life. She was very, very close with her mother. She was different from the others — she was more beautiful, more spiritual, with more sparkle.”

Klosterman says Courtney opened up about her daughter during a recent conversation. “Maybe two or three months ago, I talked to her over the phone,” she told the Daily Mail. “She was in California. She was trying to find a place for Saoirse there, to help with her depression.”

In 2016, while attending high school at Deerfield Academy Saoirse wrote an article for the student newspaper The Deerfield Scroll about her mental health.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

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John F. Kennedy (pulling wagon), and siblings Joe Jr., Kathleen, Rosemary, and Eunice. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
A young Joe Kennedy Jr. and John F. Kennedy at Hyannisport, Massachusetts, 1925. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
1927: Headshot portrait of John F Kennedy (1917-1963) at age ten, standing outdoors and wearing a suit with his hair slicked back. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Joseph P. Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain (L), poses for newspapermen when he arrived on the S.S. Queen Mary. He is 'not', he said, 'particularly optimistic about peace in Europe.' With him is his son, John Kennedy, who went down the bay to meet him on board ship.
27th September 1938: John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) sits with his hands on a desk while attending Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
John Kennedy, on the S.S. Queen Mary, about to visit members of his family in London.
John F. Kennedy and sister Kathleen Kennedy at Palm Beach, Florida. ca/ 1934-40. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Naval Lieutenant and future President John F Kennedy on board the torpedo boat he commanded in the Southwest Pacific. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
Portrait of John F Kennedy, future US senator and president, wearing his U.S. Navy uniform and posing with his hands in his lap, World War II (1939-1945), circa 1940. During the war, Kennedy served as a PT boat commander in the Pacific, earning medals for rescuing most of his crew after their boat was sunk in action. (Photo by Frank Turgent/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
6/11/1944-Washington, DC: The Navy and Marine Corps medal has been awarded to Lt.John F. Kennedy son of the former American Ambassador to Britain, for 'extremely heroic conduct' when his PT boat was cut in two and sunk by a Jap destroyer. A juior lieutenant and skipper of the PT at the time of the action (August, 1943), Lt. Kennedy swam through shark infested Soloman Island waters to rescue members of his crew. Then the Naval officer and his men made their way to a tiny Island where they were hidden by natives until another PT boat from their base made a daring trip in to enemy help waters to rescue the survivors.
(Original Caption) John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.), with his sister, Eunice, shown in kennedy apartment in Washington.
(Original Caption) 9/13/1953-Newport, RI: Hundreds jammed outside the century-old church of St. Mary's in Newport, to catch a glimpse of Senator John F. Kennedy and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier after their wedding yesterday. The Massachusetts Senator is the son of the former ambassador to the court of St. James, Joseph P. Kennedy.
(Original Caption) Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kennedy and wedding party after church ceremony. Photo.
(Original Caption) 9/12/1953-Newport RI- The wedding party poses at Hammersmith Farm after the ceremony at St. Mary's Church in Newport, RI, September 12, which united Senator John F. Kennedy, 36, with lovely Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, 24(center). Hammersmith Farm belongs to the Bride's Grandfather. Kennedy is the son of the multi-millionare former Ambassador to Great Britain. The couple met in Washington while Mrs. Kennedy was employed as an inquiring photographer for a Washington newspaper.
(Original Caption) Newport, RI: Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, cut their wedding cake after their marriage yesterday at St. Mary's Church in Newport.
(Original Caption) Mr and Mrs. John F. Kennedy cutting their wedding cake.
(Original Caption) Senator John F. Kennedy gestures during a conversation with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt in a rare public appearance together at Brandeis university here, 2nd. They appeared for a taped telecast in which they exchanged views on developments that threaten the western alliance today. Hours earlier, in Washington, D.C., Kennedy officially announced his intent to sees the Democratic presidential nomination.
(Original Caption) On the 2nd anniversary of the death of Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., son of former Ambassador to England, his family presented a check for $600,000 to Archbishop Richard J. Cushing for the erection of a convalescent home for children of the poor, which will bear the name of the Naval hero. Left to right are John Wright, Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, the Archbishop, Mother Emile Ange, and Sister St. Hubert, both of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.
(Original Caption) Rep. John Kennedy, D, MA, said he believed it would be impossible to incorporate Western Germany into the European defense set-up for '18 months to two years from now.' Kennedy is seen seated at desk, talking. Complete Caption in Envelope
U.S. senator John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and his wife, Jacqueline (1929 - 1994), sit on the grass in front of their home, Hyannis, Massachusetts, 1953. They had just married. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1953: United States Senator John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) helping his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1929 - 1994), adjust a camera in front of their home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
HYANNIS PORT, MA - JUNE 1953: Senator John F. Kennedy and fiance Jacqueline Bouvier go sailing while on vacation at the Kennedy compound in June 1953 in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. (Photo by Hy Peskin/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 7/28/1953- Hynannisport, MA: Up with the sail. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, Democratic presidential nominee, is shown with his wife, then fiancee, Miss Jacqueline Bouvier, as they adjust the rigging on a small boat in this photo filed June 28th, 1953.
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Senator John F. Kennedy sits beside wife Jackie in Hyannisport. Kennedy is about to embark on a campaign tour for the presidential elections.
(Original Caption) Senator and Mrs. John F. Kennedy chat with potential voters as they walk along the main street of Nashua surrounded by Placard-bearing boosters here January 25th. Mrs. Kennedy joined the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts for his 'invasion' of New Hampshire with a view to winning the State's primary in the race for Presidential nomination.
(Original Caption) Robert F. Kennedy (left), counsel of the Senate Committee on Racketeering in Labor and Industry, and his brother John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), a member of the committee, confer at the hearing in Washington yesterday which heard testimony about the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Senate investigators heard how $30,000 in funds belonging to a Spokane, Washington, local of the Teamsters had been lent to a friend of the son of Dave Beck, the Union's President, to finance a Seattle tavern.
John F. Kennedy walks with three other men as he attends a St. Patrick's Day parade in south Boston. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Senator-elect John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts).
John F. Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy at the beach. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy painting at an easel while Jacqueline Kennedy looks over his shoulder. Palm Beach, Florida, 1955. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kennedy family at Thanksgiving at Hyannisport, Massachusetts, 1948. From left: John F. Kennedy, Jean Ann Smith, Rose Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy Sr., Patricia Lawford, Robert F. Kennedy, Eunice Mary Shriver, Edward Kennedy (squatting). (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
John F Kennedy with Patricia and Peter Lawford (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy at the Mclellan hearings, regarding labor racketeering charges against the Teamsters Union, led by Jimmy Hoffa. May 1957. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Senator John F. Kennedy and brother Robert F. Kennedy conferring in a hallway, August 4, 1959. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy giving directions to his secretary Evelyn Lincoln. August 4, 1959. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
November 22, 1993 will mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally ride through Dallas moments before Kennedy was assassinated, November 22, 1963
Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy shakes hands with a crowd in Seattle following his speech on the first day of his presidential campaign. (Photo by � Ted Spiegel/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy stands before the crowds at the Democratic National Convention, where he accepts nomination for president.
American politician Senator (and future US President) John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) addresses the Democratic National Convention after being his nomination for President, Los Angeles, California, July 13, 1960. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
Senator and Democratic presidential nominee, John F. Kennedy, addresses a crowd in Detroit's Cadillac Square.
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Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy relaxes in his Boston apartment. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Francis Cardinal Spellman (center) is flanked by the two Presidential aspirants, Senator John F. Kennedy (Left) and Vice President Richard M. Nixon as they attended the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel here. October 19th. Earlier, Nixon accused Kennedy of a series of 'miss statements and distortions' and issued a lengthy campaign documents aimed at refusing the Democratic candidate's claims.
President-elect John F. Kennedy shakes hands with Father Richard J. Casey after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, prior to inauguration ceremonies, January 20, 1961. (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) President Kennedy is shown as he held his news conference at the State Department. The Chief Executive refused to engage in a public discussion of the positions Ambassador Adlai Stevenson and National Security Council Members took before the decision to blockade.
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President John Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower at Camp David, 1962. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
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Page Six reported that on Friday, Saoirse’s grieving family, including Ethel and Courtney Kennedy, were seen riding a golf cart and had taken a ride in their yacht “Glide.”

Family members posted social media tributes to Saoirse, who was a communications major and #MeToo supporter.

Cousin Maria Shriver shared on Instagram, “A brave young woman left our world yesterday. she left a gaping hole in the lives of all of those who loved her dearly...”

She wrote in the caption, “...I think it’s best to assume everyone is struggling, so treat everyone with love, tenderness, and compassion.”

Cheryl Hines, star of Curb Your Enthusiasm and wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Saoirse’s uncle) posted a snap of the two hugging in Hyannis Port, writing, “My beautiful Saoirse.”

And JFK Jr. wrote on Instagram, “We’ve lost our daughter and our children, their sister. Saoirse was fierce, both in her love for her family and yearning for justice. A fearless adventurer, she inspired curiosity and daring in her friends. But her greatest gift was to find humor in everything and to give us all the gift of her laughter - and our own. The gaping hole that she leaves in our family is a wound too large to ever heal.”

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