"Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse", the Kennedy family said in a statement to AFP.
Saoirse's honest account of her depression is a powerful reminder of how so many people suffer alone and feel isolated. 1, The New York Times reported that Saoirse suffered an apparent overdose at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.
Hill, who was scheduled to start her senior year at Boston College this United States autumn, was found unresponsive at a home in the compound on Thursday (Friday, NZT) by first responders who were dispatched for reports of an overdose.
She went on to Boston College, where she studied communications and was due to graduate next year.
Her mother, Courtney Kennedy Hill, is the fifth of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy's 11 children, and her father, Paul Michael Hill, was one of four people falsely convicted in the 1974 Irish Republican Army bombings of two pubs. In addition, they then release a statement.
Paul Michael Hill, father of Saoirse Kennedy Hill.
Kennedy Hill's godmother, Patricia Harty, said she was "such a attractive, lively young child" who grew up to be a fearless young woman who inspired Harty to be more bold in addressing important issues. He shared a 2016 essay by Hill on her experience coping with depression in a later thread.
An autopsy report found no signs of trauma and her official cause of death is pending a toxicology report, the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office said.
The Hyannis Port Yacht Club by the Kennedy Compound is seen as police investigate the death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts on August 1, 2019.
Ms Hill's death is the latest tragedy to hit the Kennedy family, often regarded as the American equivalent of royalty. "His life was full of hope, promise, and love".
"Saoirse was a true spirit of pure love".
Ted Kennedy Jr., former Congressman Joe Kennedy Jr., and current U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III served as pallbearers during the funeral Mass held at Our Lady of Victory Church in the Barnstable village of Centerville, not far from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port.
"She opened the door for her peers to also come out and not be shamed by this illness, and she's a real hero in my family", he told NBC News.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Saoirse's uncle, also posted a touching tribute to his niece, revealing that they were close enough that he considered her his daughter. But her greatest gift was to find humor in everything and to give us all the gift of her laughter - and our own.