Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the grand daughter of late Robert F.Kennedy is the latest member of the prestigious Kennedy family to die under mysterious and unnatural circumstances.
Saoirse allegedly died of drug overdose. The Kennedy family announced her death in a statement Thursday, hours after paramedics responded to a medical emergency at the family compound on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod. The family did not immediately disclose the cause of her death but the news later began to circulate that it was due to a drug overdose.
“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse. Her life was filled with hope, promise and love,” they said.
She was 22.
Her grandmother, Ethel Kennedy, said in the statement, “The world is a little less beautiful today.”
However, as at the time of filing this report, there are still mysteries surrounding her death.
Saoirse’ death follows a long list of mysterious and unresolved deaths from one of the most reputable and powerful American families.
One of the strangest deaths in American history was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
The President was shot in Dallas on November 22, 1963, and the man accused of killing him shot dead as he was being transferred from the Dallas city jail to the county jail days later. The shooting was inadvertently, shown live on TV.
John’s brother, Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot five years later while campaigning for president in Los Angeles.
Two decades ago, a small plane crash killed JFK’s son, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn Kennedy, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette. JFK Jr., who was piloting the plane at night, apparently became disoriented before crashing into the Atlantic off Massachusetts in 1999.
In 1964, JFK’s brother, Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy, survived a plane crash that killed two people. He was on a campaign flight from Washington to Massachusetts when the plane crashed. The pilot and a legislative aide were killed and Kennedy suffered a broken back and ribs. Federal investigators blamed the crash on pilot error.
Then there’s a 1944 air disaster that killed President Kennedy’s oldest brother, Joe Kennedy Jr, while he was volunteering to pilot a World War II bombing mission in France. During the secret mission, two in-flight explosions rocked his bomber aircraft, killing both pilots, according to the JFK Presidential Library. The cause of the explosions remain a mystery.Four years after the family lost him, a small plane crashed during a storm in France in 1948, killing President Kennedy’s sister, Kathleen Kennedy, and three others. She was 28.
In 1984, David Kennedy, one of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy’s children, died in a Florida hotel after a drug overdose. He reportedly watched his father’s assassination on live TV as a boy and later struggled with addiction. He was 28.
Michael Kennedy, another son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, died in 1997 during a ski accident in Colorado on New Year’s Eve. The New York Times reported that he was tossing a football with relatives while skiing down a mountain. The father of three was 39.
President Kennedy’s sister, Rosemary Kennedy, had part of her brain removed in 1941 in a relatively new procedure known as a prefrontal lobotomy. The family had long described her as “intellectually slow.” The operation only worsened her condition and she was institutionalized until her death in 2005 at age 86.
In 1963, President Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy suffered yet another loss.They announced the birth of their third child, Patrick, nearly six weeks early. He survived for less than two days and was buried in the family grave site at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.
In 1973, Senator Ted Kennedy’s 12-year-old son Edward Jr. lost a leg to bone cancer. He later told CNN in 2009 that he rejects the idea of a family curse.
“The Kennedy family has had to endure these things in a very open way. But our family is just like … every other family in America in many ways,” he said.
Doctors diagnosed Ted Kennedy with a malignant brain tumor in 2008 and he had surgery the same year. He died more than a year later at age 77.