(Reuters) – An post-mortem performed on the 22-year-old granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy discovered no trauma to her physique, leaving the trigger and method of her dying to be decided following toxicology assessments, the native district legal professional’s workplace stated on Friday.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts shortly after three p.m. EDT on Thursday after she was discovered unresponsive on the Kennedy household’s compound in close by Hyannis Port, the Cape and Islands District Lawyer’s Workplace stated in a written assertion.
Hill, the granddaughter of 91-year-old household matriarch Ethel Kennedy, was pronounced lifeless on the hospital, in accordance with the district legal professional’s workplace.
The New York Instances, citing two unnamed individuals described as near the Kennedy household, stated that Hill was believed to have died of an overdose.
“An post-mortem carried out at the moment has revealed no trauma inconsistent with lifesaving measures. The trigger and method of dying are pending the toxicology report,” the district legal professional’s workplace stated within the assertion.
The case was below investigation by Barnstable Police and State Police detectives.
Hill was a scholar at Boston School, the place she was a communications main and vp of the Pupil Democrats, in accordance with the Instances.
The newspaper stated she had written about fighting despair whereas a scholar at a non-public preparatory college in Massachusetts in 2016.
‘OUR HEARTS ARE SHATTERED’
She was the one youngster of Paul Michael Hill and Courtney Kennedy Hill, who was the fifth of 11 kids of Ethel and Robert Kennedy. Paul Michael Hill was one of many Guildford 4, a bunch of males wrongly convicted of bombings carried out by the Irish Republican Military in 1974.
“Our hearts are shattered by the lack of our beloved Saoirse,” the Robert F. Kennedy household stated in an announcement. “Her life was crammed with hope, promise and love.”
“The world is rather less lovely at the moment,” Ethel Kennedy stated within the assertion.
“A courageous younger lady left our world yesterday. She left a gaping maintain within the lives of all those that liked her dearly,” Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s nice aunt, former California first woman Maria Shriver, stated on Twitter.
“Might God bless her. Might God maintain her mother and father throughout this insufferable hour and provides them the energy to make it via,” Shriver stated.
Ethel Kennedy has endured a collection of tragedies which have befallen her household, together with the assassination of her husband, then a U.S. senator for New York.
Robert Kennedy was shot to dying in Los Angeles simply after successful the California main race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968.
Two of Robert and Ethel’s sons suffered premature deaths – David, of a drug overdose in 1984 at age 28 and Michael at age 39 in a 1997 snowboarding accident.
Robert Kennedy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy, was himself assassinated in 1963 in Dallas, and his son, John Jr., died together with his spouse and sister-in-law in 1999 when the airplane he was piloting crashed within the Atlantic off Martha’s Winery, not removed from Hyannis Port.
Hill’s dying comes weeks after the 50th anniversary of a scandal referring to a deadly automobile accident during which Robert Kennedy’s youthful brother, Senator Edward Kennedy, drove off a bridge connecting the tiny island of Chappaquiddick to Martha’s Winery, killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne.
The murky circumstances of that crash successfully dashed Edward Kennedy’s presidential ambitions.
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Matthew Lavietes; Extra reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Enhancing by Michael Perry, Invoice Trott, Susan Thomas and Cynthia Osterman