Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter dies after apparent overdose at family compound

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Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter dies after apparent overdose at family compound
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August 2, 2019
Updated:
August 2, 2019 7:25 PM EDT
Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22. (Twitter)
An autopsy conducted on the 22-year-old granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy found no trauma to her body, leaving the cause and manner of her death to be determined following toxicology tests, the local district attorney’s office said on Friday.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts shortly after 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday after she was found unresponsive at the Kennedy family’s compound in nearby Hyannis Port, the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office said in a written statement.
Hill, the granddaughter of 91-year-old family matriarch Ethel Kennedy, was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the district attorney’s office.
The New York Times, citing two unnamed people described as close to the Kennedy family, said that Hill was believed to have died of an overdose.
“An autopsy performed today has revealed no trauma inconsistent with lifesaving measures. The cause and manner of death are pending the toxicology report,” the district attorney’s office said in the statement.
The case was under investigation by Barnstable Police and State Police detectives.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill (Robert F. Kennedy Jr./Instagram)
Hill was a student at Boston College, where she was a communications major and vice president of the Student Democrats, according to the Times.
The newspaper said she had written about struggling with depression while a student at a private preparatory school in Massachusetts in 2016.
‘OUR HEARTS ARE SHATTERED’
She was the only child of Paul Michael Hill and Courtney Kennedy Hill, who was the fifth of 11 children of Ethel and Robert Kennedy. Paul Michael Hill was one of the Guildford Four, a group of men wrongly convicted of bombings carried out by the Irish Republican Army in 1974.
In this Oct. 6, 2006 file photo, Courtney Kennedy Hill and daughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill attend the Speak Truth To Power Memorial Benefit Gala at Pier Sixty in New York City. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,” the Robert F. Kennedy family said in a statement. “Her life was filled with hope, promise and love.”
“The world is a little less beautiful today,” Ethel Kennedy said in the statement.
“A brave young woman left our world yesterday. She left a gaping hold in the lives of all those who loved her dearly,” Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s great aunt, former California first lady Maria Shriver, said on Twitter.
“May God bless her. May God hold her parents during this unbearable hour and give them the strength to make it thru,” Shriver said.
Ethel Kennedy has endured a series of tragedies that have befallen her family, including the assassination of her husband, then a U.S. senator for New York.
Robert Kennedy was shot to death in Los Angeles just after winning the California primary race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968.
The U.S. flag flies at half mast 20 July 1999 outside the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Two of Robert and Ethel’s sons suffered untimely deaths – David, of a drug overdose in 1984 at age 28 and Michael at age 39 in a 1997 skiing accident.
Robert Kennedy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy, was himself assassinated in 1963 in Dallas, and his son, John Jr., died with his wife and sister-in-law in 1999 when the plane he was piloting crashed in the Atlantic off Martha’s Vineyard, not far from Hyannis Port.
Hill’s death comes weeks after the 50th anniversary of a scandal relating to a fatal car accident in which Robert Kennedy’s younger brother, Senator Edward Kennedy, drove off a bridge connecting the tiny island of Chappaquiddick to Martha’s Vineyard, killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne.
The murky circumstances of that crash effectively dashed Edward Kennedy’s presidential ambitions.

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Private funeral mass held for granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy
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August 5, 2019
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August 5, 2019 6:45 PM EDT
A private funeral mass was held on Monday for the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, who died last week after being found unresponsive at the family’s compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, a family spokesman said.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill was laid to rest following the mass at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Massachusetts, Kennedy family spokesman Brian O’Connor said.
Her parents and 91-year-old grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, attended the closed service in Centerville, southeast of Boston on Cape Cod, along with members of the extended Kennedy clan, local media reported.
Maria Shriver, centre, at the funeral mass for Saoirse Kennedy Hill, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, in Centerville, Mass., August 5, 2019. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe/Pool via REUTERS
Hill was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital shortly after 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) on Thursday after she was found unresponsive at the Hyannis Port estate. She was later pronounced dead.
An autopsy found no trauma to the young woman’s body, leaving the cause and manner of her death to be determined following toxicology tests, the local district attorney’s office said on Friday.
Courtney Kennedy Hill, second from left, shares a hug after the funeral services for her daughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, in Centerville, Mass., August 5, 2019. David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe/Pool via REUTERS
The New York Times, citing two unnamed people described as close to the Kennedy family, reported that Hill was believed to have died of a drug overdose.
Hill was a student at Boston College, where she was a communications major and vice president of the Student Democrats, according to the Times.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22. (Twitter)
The newspaper said she had written about struggling with depression while a student at a private preparatory school in Massachusetts in 2016.
Hill’s grandfather, then a U.S. senator from New York, was shot to death in Los Angeles just after winning the California primary race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968.
His older brother, President John F. Kennedy, was himself assassinated in 1963 in Dallas.
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Katherine Schwarzenegger praises 'strong' Kennedy family after cousin Saoirse's funeral
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August 7, 2019
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August 7, 2019 11:33 AM EDT
Katherine Schwarzenegger has praised the “loving, supportive and strong” Kennedy family after attending her cousin Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s funeral.
The 29-year-old author is the daughter of Maria Shriver — the niece of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. Schwarzenegger was just one of the Kennedy relatives who attended Saoirse’s funeral and wake earlier this week, following the 22-year-old’s tragic death, and shared a poignant snap on Instagram from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., after the service.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22. (Twitter)
“After wiping away the tears, after the beautiful sunsets, there is always a new day,” Schwarzenegger wrote alongside the image. “It’s not the big events or pretty things that hold you up at the end of the day, it’s family.
“I feel so incredibly blessed to be part of such a loving, supportive and strong family that shows up in good times and in tough times. I love each and every one of them and am so grateful to have them in my life.”
Another of Schwarzenegger’s cousins Molly Shriver was among those to comment on the post, writing “I love u Kathy (sic)” with a heart emoji. Katherine replied with a simple “love you my molls.”
Molly is one of Maria’s brother Mark’s children.
Saoirse, the daughter of Robert and wife Ethel’s fifth child Courtney, died on Aug. 1 at Cape Cod Hospital after emergency services were called to the Kennedy compound.
The cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, but has been reported to have been an overdose. Results from the toxicology tests conducted as part of the autopsy are yet to be publicly revealed.
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Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter died from accidental overdose
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November 1, 2019
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November 1, 2019 7:10 PM EDT
Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22. (Twitter)
Robert F. Kennedy’s 22-year-old granddaughter died from an accidental overdose.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill was found unresponsive at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on Aug. 1, and she was subsequently pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital.
On Friday, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe confirmed her cause of death, revealing her passing was attributed to “acute methadone and ethanol toxicity in combination with other prescription medications”.
Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter dies after apparent overdose at family compound
Private funeral mass held for granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy
Katherine Schwarzenegger praises 'strong' Kennedy family after cousin Saoirse's funeral
According to her death certificate, Saoirse was also found to have alcohol in her system.
Saoirse was the daughter of Robert and wife Ethel Kennedy’s fifth child, Courtney Kennedy Hill.
The Kennedy family has been plagued by tragedy – Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, just five years after his brother, then-U.S. President John F. Kennedy, was shot and killed in Texas.

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Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter died from accidental overdose
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November 1, 2019
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November 1, 2019 7:10 PM EDT
Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22. (Twitter)
Robert F. Kennedy’s 22-year-old granddaughter died from an accidental overdose.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill was found unresponsive at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on Aug. 1, and she was subsequently pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital.
On Friday, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe confirmed her cause of death, revealing her passing was attributed to “acute methadone and ethanol toxicity in combination with other prescription medications”.
Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter dies after apparent overdose at family compound
Private funeral mass held for granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy
Katherine Schwarzenegger praises 'strong' Kennedy family after cousin Saoirse's funeral
According to her death certificate, Saoirse was also found to have alcohol in her system.
Saoirse was the daughter of Robert and wife Ethel Kennedy’s fifth child, Courtney Kennedy Hill.
The Kennedy family has been plagued by tragedy – Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, just five years after his brother, then-U.S. President John F. Kennedy, was shot and killed in Texas.

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Robert Kennedy’s granddaughter and her son, 8, lost at sea
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April 3, 2020
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April 3, 2020 10:21 PM EDT
Two members of America’s ‘first family’ the Kennedys have been reported missing after a canoeing accident in Maryland.
Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and her eight-year-old son, Gideon, were reported missing on Thursday after trying to retrieve a ball that got kicked into Chesapeake Bay, and they are now at the centre of a major search, according to the Washington Post and TMZ.
An overturned canoe identical to the one the mother and son were using has been retrieved, while a Maryland Coast Guard report suggests Maeve, the daughter of Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and her son were seen “struggling to return to shore in a canoe” before disappearing.
Last summer, another of Robert Kennedy’s granddaughters, Saiorse Kennedy Hill, died of an accidental overdose – the latest in a string of family tragedies that dates back to patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr’s death in 1944 when the aircraft he was piloting over East Suffolk, England exploded.
President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Maeve’s grandfather Robert, were both assassinated in the 1960s, while John F. Kennedy, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, died in a plane crash in 1999, and Michael Kennedy lost his life in a 1997 skiing accident.
Meanwhile, David A. Kennedy died of a drug overdose in 1984, lung cancer survivor Kara Kennedy died of a heart attack in 2011 and Mary Richardson Kennedy, the wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., reportedly committed suicide in 2012.
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RFK's granddaughter, her 8-year-old son presumed dead after canoeing accident
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April 5, 2020
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April 5, 2020 12:36 PM EDT
Two members of America’s”first family” the Kennedys are presumed dead after being reported missing after a canoeing accident in Maryland.
Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy McKean, and her eight-year-old son, Gideon, were reported missing on Thursday after trying to retrieve a ball that got kicked into Chesapeake Bay, according to the Washington Post and TMZ.
An overturned canoe identical to the one the mother and son were using has been retrieved, while a Maryland Coast Guard report suggests Maeve, the daughter of Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and her son were seen “struggling to return to shore in a canoe” before disappearing.
Robert Kennedy’s granddaughter and her son, 8, lost at sea
In a Facebook post on Friday, Maeve’s husband, David McKean, confirmed that, “Despite heroic efforts by the Coast Guard and many state and local authorities, the decision has now been made to suspend the active rescue effort… It has been more than 24 hours, and the chances they have survived are impossibly small. It is clear that Maeve and Gideon have passed away.”
A statement from the Maryland Natural Resources Police, who were leading the investigation, said Friday that a “preliminary investigation revealed that the pair may have been paddling the canoe from a residence in Shady Side, MD out into the bay to retrieve a ball and were unable to paddle back to shore.”
Honouring Gideon as “too perfect to exist in this world” and Maeve as “the brightest light I have ever known”, he added of the couple’s other two kids, seven-year-old Gabrielle and two-year-old Toby, “Gabriella is heartbroken, but she amazes me with her maturity and grace… (and) it breaks my heart that (Toby) will not get to have them as a mother and brother.”
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RFK's granddaughter, her 8-year-old son presumed dead after canoeing accident
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April 5, 2020
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April 5, 2020 12:36 PM EDT
Two members of America’s”first family” the Kennedys are presumed dead after being reported missing after a canoeing accident in Maryland.
Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy McKean, and her eight-year-old son, Gideon, were reported missing on Thursday after trying to retrieve a ball that got kicked into Chesapeake Bay, according to the Washington Post and TMZ.
An overturned canoe identical to the one the mother and son were using has been retrieved, while a Maryland Coast Guard report suggests Maeve, the daughter of Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and her son were seen “struggling to return to shore in a canoe” before disappearing.
Robert Kennedy’s granddaughter and her son, 8, lost at sea
In a Facebook post on Friday, Maeve’s husband, David McKean, confirmed that, “Despite heroic efforts by the Coast Guard and many state and local authorities, the decision has now been made to suspend the active rescue effort… It has been more than 24 hours, and the chances they have survived are impossibly small. It is clear that Maeve and Gideon have passed away.”
A statement from the Maryland Natural Resources Police, who were leading the investigation, said Friday that a “preliminary investigation revealed that the pair may have been paddling the canoe from a residence in Shady Side, MD out into the bay to retrieve a ball and were unable to paddle back to shore.”
Honouring Gideon as “too perfect to exist in this world” and Maeve as “the brightest light I have ever known”, he added of the couple’s other two kids, seven-year-old Gabrielle and two-year-old Toby, “Gabriella is heartbroken, but she amazes me with her maturity and grace… (and) it breaks my heart that (Toby) will not get to have them as a mother and brother.”
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CURSE OF THE KENNEDYS: Tragedy has haunted family
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April 6, 2020
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April 6, 2020 4:48 PM EDT
The granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy is the latest member of the famous clan to die young.
Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, are believed drowned in Chesapeake Bay.
The boy was kicking a ball with other children when it went into the water. His mom and he got into a canoe to retrieve it in high winds.
“They just got farther out than they could handle, and couldn’t get back in,” heartbroken husband David McKean said.
Maeve joins her for U.S. President John F. Kennedy, her grandfather and her cousin, John F. Kennedy Jr., among others, who died tragically.
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Body of Bobby Kennedy granddaughter recovered, search for boy continues
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April 7, 2020
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April 7, 2020 4:26 PM EDT
The search for the body of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter ended in tears late Monday.
Police say rescuers recovered the submerged body of Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, who vanished Friday when she headed into Chesapeake Bay with her 8-year-old son, Gideon, to recover a ball that blew into the water.
The boy’s body has not been found and searchers continued scouring the water on Tuesday.
This undated image posted on Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean’s Twitter account shows her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean.
According to cops, the mother and son were last seen late Friday afternoon around 16 km south of the Maryland state capital of Annapolis.
The family had fled Washington, D.C. to the home of Maeve’s mother, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and were playing kickball with a number of other children when one of the kids kicked the ball into a cove.
But when mother and son tried to recover the ball using a canoe, “they somehow got pushed by wind or tide into the open bay,” her husband told reporters.
This undated image posted on Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean’s Facebook account shows her with her family, including her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, bottom right.
The overturned canoe was found Friday around 7 p.m.
The death is just the latest tragedy to strike the seemingly cursed Kennedy clan.
Her grandfather, Robert F. Kennedy, was shot to death by assassin Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles in 1968 while campaigning for U.S. president.
Great uncle U.S. President John F. Kennedy was also mowed down by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas in November 1963.
The family has also dealt with a number of other tragedies, including drug overdoses, plane crashes and accidental deaths.
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Body of Robert F. Kennedy's great-grandson recovered
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April 8, 2020
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April 8, 2020 11:14 PM EDT
The remains of Robert F. Kennedy’s great-grandson have been recovered, two days after his mother’s body was found in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.
Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean and her eight-year-old son, Gideon, went missing on April 2 during a canoeing excursion, while trying to retrieve a ball that had been kicked into the water.
McKean’s body was found on Monday evening, with her cause of death listed as accidental drowning, and on Wednesday, the child’s remains were discovered roughly two miles (3.22 kilometres) away from where they had entered the water in Shady Side.
Confirming the sad news, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan shares on Twitter, “The daughter and grandson of former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Maeve and Gideon McKean, have now both been found. Please continue to keep their family in your prayers as they mourn this devastating loss.”
I want to sincerely thank the @MDNRPolice and all of the agencies and dedicated personnel who worked around the clock to support this recovery mission.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 8, 2020
Robert Kennedy’s granddaughter and her son, 8, lost at sea
Townsend’s husband, David McKean, said in a Facebook post this week that his wife and son had gotten into the canoe just to retrieve a ball that had been kicked into the cove, but were pulled by the wind or tide into the greater Chesapeake Bay.
“About 30 minutes later they were spotted by an onlooker from land, who saw them far out from shore, and called the police. After that last sighting, they were not seen again,” McKean wrote.
– with files from Reuters
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