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Saoirse Kennedy Hill's final hours detailed, family and friends gather for funeral

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Patty Aguilar | 06 August, 2019, 02:29

Saoirse Kennedy Hill was found unresponsive at the Democratic family's sprawling compound at Hyannis Port on the Cape Cod peninsula in MA on Thursday, according to multiple USA media reports. A 911 dispatcher told responding police officers there was an "overdose" at the compound.

Her uncle Robert and Tim Shriver, her mother's first cousin, both gave eulogies at her service, according to a copy of the program shared later. "She cared deeply about friends and family, especially her mother Courtney, her father Paul, her stepmother Stephanie, and her grandmother Ethel, who said, 'The world is a little less attractive today, '" reads the statement. "We will love her and miss her forever", the statement continued. The district attorney's office said Friday that Hill was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Hill's uncle and a former USA representative, Patrick J. Kennedy, tweeted about her. "Saoirse will always stay in our hearts", wrote Kennedy, an outspoken advocate for abuse of substances and therapy of mental health.

Kennedy Hill was a media and communications student at Boston College.

Currently, Saoirse's death is still being investigated by authorities.

Dozens of members of the extended Kennedy clan as well as friends from college filled a United States church to pay their final respects to Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of the late iconic United States politician Robert F Kennedy. But that summer after my sophomore year, my friend depression rarely came around anymore, and I was thankful for her absence.

Her father Paul Hill was one of the four Irishman wrongly convicted in the 1974 Guildford Club bombing. Robert "Bobby" Kennedy, who was U.S. attorney general during JFK's presidency, died in Los Angeles on June 6, 1968 as he campaigned to become the Democratic nominee for that year's presidential election.

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Ethel Kennedy is helped to the church during funeral services for her granddaughter Saoirse Roisin Kennedy Hill.

Maria Shriver, centre, and her daughter, Christina Schwarzenegger, left, stand with Shriver's brother, Anthony Shriver, before the funeral service.

Another of Ms Hill's uncles, Michael Kennedy, died on New Year's Eve in 1997 in a skiing accident in Colorado at the age of 39.

"She lit up our lives with her love, her pearls of laughter and her generous spirit", read the statement.

Hill had also written publicly in 2016 about her struggles with mental health and a suicide attempt while in high school at Deerfield Academy.

Kennedy matriarch and RFK's widow Ethel Kennedy, 91 was pictured arriving at the church wearing a black dress and crucifix necklace and had to be supported by relatives as she was led into the church.

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