Granddaughter of RFK dies at 22

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill, the fifth of 11 children of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, had been rushed to the hospital from the Kennedy compound.
2:43 | 08/02/19

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new developments overnight in the Kennedy family tragedy. The 22-year-old granddaughter of Ethel and the late Robert Kennedy found at the compound from a suspected drug overdose. Whit Johnson is leading us off with this. Good morning, whit. Reporter: Cecilia, good morning to you. It's another sad chapter in the Kennedy family legacy. Saoirse Kennedy hill was beginning her life, a senior at Boston college. Her family now remembering her passion for philanthropy and generous spirit. This morning, authorities are investigating a Kennedy family tragedy. 22-year-old saoirse Kennedy hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, passing away after being rushed to the hospital. On the phone with a caller now. 21 Marchant in hyannis port for a possible O.D. Reporter: A possible overdose at this storied family compound in hyannis port, Massachusetts. Authorities responding to emergency calls around 2:30 Thursday afternoon. Bring that ambulance closer to the front door. Three minutes. Reporter: Finding hill in the same home where her grandmother lives, the exact cause of death still under investigation. Hill is the daughter of Courtney Kennedy hill. The Kennedy family saying in a statement, our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved saoirse. Her life was filled with hope, promise and love. Her 91-year-old grandmother Ethel adding, the world is a little less beautiful today. The family sharing that saoirse was an advocate for human rights and women's empowerment, but three years ago while in high school, hill opened up about her struggles with depression writing in her student newspaper, quote, I suffered bouts of deep sadness that felt like a heavy Boulder on my chest. Because many people feel uncomfortable talking about it, no one is aware of the sufferers. So glad to see you all again, and welcome to hyannis port. Reporter: The iconic Kennedy compound in cape cod is cemented in American history with sweeping ocean views and lush man cured lawns. The six-acre estate has been a refuge. John F. Kennedy with his wife, Jackie spent Summers there with their children. It served as the primary residence for senator Ted Kennedy in his final years. Sadly the Kennedy family is all too familiar with tragedy. This year marking the 20-year anniversary of that deadly plane crash that took the lives of JFK Jr., his wife and sister-in-law. As for the investigation here, authorities still looking into the exact circumstances surrounding saoirse's death. Cecilia? A tragic story. Okay, whit Johnson, thank you.

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