The 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy died Thursday at the fabled political family’s compound in Hyannisport, Mass., the family said in a statement.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill was the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill, the fifth of 11 children born to the late New York senator and wife Ethel, The New York Times reported. She attended Boston College, where she was a member of the class of 2020, the university confirmed to The Boston Globe.
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In a 2016 opinion piece for the Deerfield Scroll, the student newspaper for the Deerfield Academy boarding school, Hill wrote about her bouts with depression.
«My depression took root in the beginning of my middle school years and will be with me for the rest of my life,» she wrote. «Although I was mostly a happy child, I suffered bouts of deep sadness that felt like a heavy boulder on my chest. These bouts would come and go, but they did not outwardly affect me until I was a new sophomore at Deerfield.»
She added that «someone I knew and loved broke serious sexual boundaries with me,» leading her to pretend the incident hadn’t happened and attempting suicide.
She urged students and faculty to talk openly about mental illness in order to get rid of the stigma associated with depression.
«People talk about cancer freely; why is it so difficult to discuss the effects of depression, bipolar [sic], anxiety, or schizophrenic disorders?» Hill wrote. «Just because the illness may not be outwardly visible doesn’t mean the person suffering from it isn’t struggling.»
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The compound has around six homes on Nantucket Sound in Hyannisport. The Hyannis News first reported that the home where police were called owned by Ethel Kennedy.
Multiple generations of the Kennedy family have lived at the compound, wh