Published: Wed, August 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Private funeral mass held for granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy

Private funeral mass held for granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy

Edward Kennedy Jr, left, Joseph Kennedy II, centre, and his son U.S. lawmaker Joseph Kennedy, right, at the funeral services for Saoirse Kennedy Hill.

Kennedy Hill, a Boston College student, was found unresponsive at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port on Thursday afternoon and later pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital.

On Friday, family matriarch Ethel Kennedy chose to take several of her grieving family members, including Saoirse's mother Courtney Kennedy Hill, for an hour and a half sail through Hyannis Port aboard their yawl, the Glide.

According to a statement issued Sunday by Brian Wright O'Connor, a spokesman for one of Hill's uncles, a funeral will be held Monday at Our Lady of Victory Church in the village of Centerville.

Hill's uncle and a former USA representative, Patrick J. Kennedy, tweeted about her. "Saoirse will always stay in our hearts", wrote Kennedy, an outspoken advocate for abuse of substances and therapy of mental health. As of Thursday, the cause and manner of her death were pending a toxicology report.

Hill was the daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy's fifth child, Courtney, and Paul Michael Hill, who was one of four people falsely convicted in the 1974 Irish Republican Army bombings of two pubs.

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New York-The death of Robert Kennedy's granddaughter at age 22 is the latest in a long list of tragedies stretching back to the 1940s to have struck America's most famous political dynasty.

Her 91-year-old grandmother also said, "The world is a little less attractive today".

Luciana Klosterman, the friend, told the Daily Mail that she spoke with Saoirse's mother, Courtney Kennedy Hill, about the issue. "And when Saoirse's eyes are smiling, sure, they steal your heart away", reads the poem. "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".

Kennedy Hill wrote about her battle with depression in a 2016 article she penned for her school paper. An autopsy revealed no trauma inconsistent with lifesaving measures, the paper added.

"Although I was mostly a happy child, I suffered bouts of deep sadness that felt like a heavy boulder on my chest", she wrote. "She lit up our lives with her love, her peals of laughter and her generous spirit". "These bouts would come and go, but they did not outwardly affect me until I was a new sophomore at Deerfield".

Her grandfather Senator Robert F Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, as was his brother President John F Kennedy in 1963. "A fearless adventurer, she inspired curiosity and daring in her friends". "We will love her and miss her forever", the statement continued. Although the Kennedy household haven't opened up about the primary motive behind her dying, it's assumed to be resulting from a drug overdose.

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