UPDATE: Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Saoirse Kennedy Hill, was laid to rest on Monday.
The funeral took place in Cape Cod, a few miles away from the Kennedy compound where the 22-year-old died.
Congressman Joe Kennedy, Kennedy Hill’s grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, RFK Jr. and his wife, Cheryl Hines, attended the private service at Our Lady of Victory Church. The Kennedy family has frequented the church for decades.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. a representative for the family, Brian O’Connor, confirmed to USA TODAY.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill, a granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, has passed away.
According to The New York Times, the 22-year-old suffered an apparent overdose at the family’s historic compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Authorities responded to a call on Thursday afternoon and rushed Kennedy Hill to Cape Cod Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
“Early this afternoon Barnstable police responded to a residence on Marchant Avenue in Hyannis Port for a report of an unattended death,” said Tara Miltimore of the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office. “The matter remains under investigation by the Barnstable police as well as state police detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.”
“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,” the family’s statement said. “We will love her and miss her forever.”
“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,” the statement continued. “Her life was filled with hope, promise and love.”
RFK’s widow, Ethel Kennedy, 91, who still lives at the compound, added, “The world is a little less beautiful today.”
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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. 1) Saoirse at our Cape House. 2) Leaping from jetty with cousin Michaela. 3) Cheryl moves Saoirse into Boston College dorm. 4) On stage with Kenny Chesney at Foxborough with Courtney, Noah, and Kenny in mid leap. 5) with her cousins on Glide. 6) relaxing with cousin Noah on boom. 7) New Years Day On summit of Ajax with cousins. 8) A luminous, beautiful soul. 9) with Cheryl at Cape. 10) Swinging on halyard into Nantucket Sound.
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Life is fragile and heartbreaking. It turns upside down in a minute. Love your children, hold them tight. Love your family, hold them close. Love your friends, keep them near. Be gentle with others, as so many are fragile and struggling. Actually, I think it’s best to assume everyone is struggling, so treat everyone with love, tenderness, and compassion. #ivebeenthinking
Kennedy Hill was the daughter of Paul Hill and Courtney Kennedy, the fifth of 11 children of Ethel Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general who was assassinated as he sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968.
Kennedy Hill was a student at Boston College, where she had been studying communications and served as vice president of the College Democrats. She was expected to graduate in 2020.
RIP, Saoirse Kennedy Hill.