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Robert F. Kennedy Granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill Died Of Drug Overdose

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Robert F. Kennedy Granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill Died Of Drug Overdose
Update: Saoirse Kenney Hill, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, died in August of an accidental overdose of drugs. A coroner’s report said the 22-year-old had methadone, alcohol and a handful of prescription drugs in her system when she died. The death from acute methadone and ethanol toxicity in combination with prescription drugs was ruled accidental, according to Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe confirmed Friday.

Earlier: The tragedy of the Kennedy family continued today, as the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy died of what news reports said was a drug overdose at the family’s Hyannis Port, Massachusetts compound.

Saoirse Kennedy Hill was the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill, the fifth of 11 children born to Rfk and wife Ethel Kennedy. She would have been a senior next year at Boston College.

“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,” said a Kennedy family statement,
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Saoirse Kennedy Hill's Cause of Death Revealed

Saoirse Kennedy Hill's Cause of Death Revealed
The late Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter Saoirse Kennedy Hill, who passed away this summer, died of a drug overdose, Massachusetts officials have determined. The 22-year-old socialite was found unresponsive at at the Kennedy family's compound in Hyannis Port on August 1 and was then rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Saoirse, the only daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill and Paul Hill and the granddaughter of 91-year-old family matriarch Ethel Kennedy, had methadone (a narcotic pain reliever), fluoxetine (the antidepressant Prozac), norfluoxetine, diazepam (the anti-anxiety drug Valium), nordiazepam and alcohol in her system when she died, the Barnstable Town...
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Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, Dies of Apparent Overdose

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, has died of an apparent overdose at the age of 22.

In a statement on Thursday, the Kennedy family said that paramedics were called to a medical emergency at the family compound on Cape Cod in Hyannis Port, Mass. Although the cause of death was not originally reported, it was later revealed to be an apparent overdose, according to the New York Times.

“Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse. Her life was filled with hope, promise and love,
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Robert F. Kennedy's Granddaughter Saoirse Dead at 22 From Apparent Overdose

The Kennedy family is mourning the tragic loss of Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter, 22-year-old Saoirse Kennedy Hill. According to The New York Times, Saoirse suffered an apparent overdose on Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. She is the only daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill.  The political family confirmed the news of her death in a statement, which read, "Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse. Her life was filled with hope, promise and love."  Ethel Kennedy, Saoirse's grandmother and the 91-year-old widow of Rfk, paid special tribute to her in the statement. It continued, "She cared deeply about friends...
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Oscars Last Call: Rfk Family On ‘Green Book’; Hear Doc Shirley & Tony Lip’s Audio Testimony That Dispels Disinformation

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Oscars Last Call: Rfk Family On ‘Green Book’; Hear Doc Shirley & Tony Lip’s Audio Testimony That Dispels Disinformation
No Best Picture contender has gotten more mud unfairly slung at it this Oscar season than Green Book, the Peter Farrelly-directed drama that earned Oscar nominations for both Mahershala Ali for playing virtuoso pianist Don Shirley, and Viggo Mortensen for playing Tony Lip, the Copacabana bouncer who drove him on a road trip of the Deep South during the Jim Crow segregation era. Because of the clear dirty tricks campaign waged against this Golden Globe-winning film — a final round of arrows were shot this week — Deadline is providing two glimpses of Green Book to Oscar voters who’ll make the ultimate decision. Since the late Robert Kennedy provides a pivotal moment in the film, I’ve interviewed his widow, Ethel Kennedy, and sons Robert Jr and Max, for their reaction to the movie. Their recollection of how Green Book brought back memories of Rfk’s bold efforts on the
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Rory Kennedy: ‘In our family there was no tolerance for being a victim’

Filmmaker Rory Kennedy was born six months after the assassination of her father Robert Kennedy. Here, she talks about living with her family’s tragic legacy and her new film about the space race

Children in the Kennedy household had to follow the rules. The horses, seals and coatimundis in the grounds of Hickory Hill – the imposing family home John F Kennedy sold to his brother Robert – might have made it feel a long way from Capitol Hill, but for a family inextricably connected to the formalities of high office there were certain expectations. Dinner was served at 7pm sharp every evening, no exceptions; each of the siblings would have their nails scrubbed and hair brushed when they took their seats at the table. Sunday mornings were spent in church, Sunday nights were for poetry recitation. That said, Rory, now 49, and the youngest of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy’s kids,
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Philanthropy in Entertainment: Good Actions Begin Right Here

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Variety spotlights philanthropic organizations backed by star power.

Aclu

With a membership of 1.2 million, the American Civil Liberties Union is one of the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations devoted to protecting the liberties granted to American citizens by the Constitution and the governing laws through litigation and lobbying. In recent years, the Aclu has defended same-sex marriage, prisoner rights, abortion rights and fought discrimination against Lgbt community members, women and minorities. Various members of the entertainment industry have voiced and demonstrated support for the organization, including Elisabeth Moss, who wore the Aclu blue ribbon on the Emmys red carpet last year, and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, who donated $288,000 this year on President Donald Trump’s birthday.

Aclu.org

Almasi Arts/Zimbabwean American Dramatic Arts Collaborative Organization

Co-founded by “The Walking Dead” actress Danai Gurira, Almasi Collaborative Arts hosts free staged readings, original productions and other special events in an effort
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On Anniversary, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards Honors March for Our Lives, Young Activists

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On Anniversary, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards Honors March for Our Lives, Young Activists
Washington — Groups of young activists involved in gun control, immigration, the environment, and race relations were honored at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards in a ceremony that took place on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s final campaign victory and tragic death.

Those recognized included students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for demanding action on gun violence and for their work in organizing March for Our Lives.

Cameron Kasky, an organizer of the march, told the crowd that his generation was “often shrugged off as selfish, image-obsessed, and ignorant people.” He said, “our generation has inspired each other by standing up, to keep moving forward, to keep bolstering the voices of others our age, and to work with people from other generations.”

“Bobby was tough. He was relentless. He looked at the world and saw something that could be so much better,” Kasky said, surrounded by other
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Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel’s Conviction For Murder Of Martha Moxley Overturned

The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel‘s murder conviction. Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy, was convicted of murder in 2002 for the death of Martha Moxley in 1975. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison but went free on a $1.2 million bail after […]

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Kennedy Relative Featured In TV Movie, Three Books Wins New Murder Trial

A nephew of Sen. Robert Kennedy who was convicted of the scandalous murder of a 15-year-old girl in 1975 and later was the subject of a made-for-tv movie and three books has won a new trial.

Connecticut’s highest court has ordered a new trial for Michael Skakel, who was convicted of the murder of Greenwich, Conn. neighbor Martha Moxley in a case that dominated international headlines in that era. The 4-3 decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court vacated Skakel’s earlier conviction.

Skakel was 15 at the time of the murder and the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, who was married to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

In a somewhat tangled case, Michael Skakel was accused of the bludgeoning death of his neighbor, Moxley. He claimed he was miles from the scene of the murder. In 1993, author Dominick Dunne published A Season in Purgatory, a fictional story that was liberally borrowed from the Moxley case.
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Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel's Murder Conviction Has Been Vacated for a Second Time

He's a free man once again... for now. Ethel Kennedy's nephew Michael Skakel has once again learned that the murder conviction for allegedly beating his teenage neighbor to death when he was a child has been vacated by a Ct court. The Kennedy cousin might soon be facing yet another trial, 43 years after the crime took place. A 15-year-old girl named Martha Moxley was bludgeoned with a golf club in 1975. Skakel was also 15 at the time, and lived nearby. The case was cold for years, and Skakel wasn't linked to the crime until he was in his late thirties, and found guilty for her murder in 2002. A three-week trial laid out his history of drinking and drug use, and he was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Martha Moxley. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Shockingly, his conviction was vacated by a lower court in 2013, and he was released on bail.
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‘Bobby Kennedy for President’: Making a Four-Hour Series on a Celebrity Politician Who Actually Respected Government

‘Bobby Kennedy for President’: Making a Four-Hour Series on a Celebrity Politician Who Actually Respected Government
Fitting an entire life into four hours is a tall task for any documentary filmmaker. Doing so for a member of the Kennedy family is even more impossible. Focusing on Robert F. Kennedy, middle brother, reluctant politician, and eventual national candidate meant that director Dawn Porter had a very specific guiding idea for the new Netflix documentary series “Bobby Kennedy for President.”

Using a wealth of archival footage showing Kennedy’s public and private life, Porter wanted to keep a consistent force that bound all of these selected stories from a life that simply had too many to include all of them.

“We very quickly realized there’s so much there that you can’t tell everything. There’s just thousands of Bobby Kennedy stories,” Porter told IndieWire. “So the motivating question I wanted to explore was, ‘How does this show us how Bobby Kennedy evolved? What does this particular
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Bobby Kennedy: Netflix documentary shines a light on his relevance

Makers of Bobby Kennedy for President discuss the importance of reflecting on the politician’s legacy at this time in the Us

As they drove through California in 1968, Bobby and Ethel Kennedy radiated warmth and cool, a young, hip image far removed from the tumultuous, politically charged era they lived in.

That contrast returns again and again in the new Netflix documentary series Bobby Kennedy for President, which surveys the Democratic presidential nominee’s political and personal development.

Related: The 'Bobby phenomenon': Netflix doc looks at Robert Kennedy's stellar political rise

Related: Netflix's Bobby Kennedy for President review – portrait of an American tragedy

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Netflix to Revisit Robert F. Kennedy in Documentary “Bobby Kennedy for President”

There was once a dream that Bobby Kennedy was going to be our next president, and in order to show that journey and the road that was taken Netflix has acquired the rights to the documentary Bobby Kennedy for President. The series, because that’s what it needs to be to show just how much the man did in his career, will focus upon his political contributions to America and leave the personal matter largely aside. The creators of the show have opted not to speak to Ethel Kennedy or her nine children, as it seems that the Kennedy name has

Netflix to Revisit Robert F. Kennedy in Documentary “Bobby Kennedy for President”
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Alec And Hilaria Baldwin Attend Star-Studded Ripple Of Hope Awards

On December 13, The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights hosted the annual Ripple of Hope Awards dinner at the New York Hilton that raised over $3 Million.

Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Attend Ripple of Hope Awards dinner

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Ethel Kennedy presented Harry Belafonte, Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani with the Ripple of Hope Award, an award that celebrates leaders of international business, entertainment, and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.

Alec Baldwin acted as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies for the dinner, which was hosted by Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Philip W. Johnston, B. Scott Minerd, Marvin S. Rosen, Robert & Hope Smith, Pedro Torres-Mackie and Donato Tramuto.

Other notable guests included: Hilaria Baldwin, Tony Bennett, Kenneth Cole & Maria Cuomo Cole, Thomas Dinapoli, Kathryn Erbe, D’Brickshaw Ferguson, Peter Frampton, Pamela Frank, Whoopi Goldberg,
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Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At Robert F. Kennedy Ripple Of Hope Awards

The Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards will take place on December 13, and celebrates leaders of international business, entertainment, and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.

Honorees reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights and his belief that we all must strive to “make gentle the life of this world.”

The 2017 Ripple of Hope Awards dinner will honor Harry Belafonte (singer, songwriter, actor & activist); Alex Gorsky Chairman of the Board and CEO Johnson & Johnson); Hamdi Ulukaya (Founder, Chairman and CEO Chobani, LLC). Master of Ceremonies: Alec Baldwin and hosts: Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Tim Cook, Philip W. Johnston, B. Scott Minerd, Marvin S. Rosen, Robert & Hope Smith, Pedro Torres-Mackie and Donato Tramuto. Special guests to include: Tony Bennett, Trevor Donovan, Kathryn Erbe, Susie Essman, Peter Frampton, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheryl Hines, Catherine Keener, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Lo Bianco, Matthew Modine, Lena Olin,
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Ethel Kennedy Steps Out in Red, White and Blue at Hyannis Port’s Independence Day Parade

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Ethel Kennedy Steps Out in Red, White and Blue at Hyannis Port’s Independence Day Parade
Ethel Kennedy took up the patriotic mantle her family is famous for on Tuesday at the Hyannis Port Independence Day Parade.

Kennedy, 89, was behind the wheel of a golf cart wearing a patriotic ensemble of white pants, a striped top with a red cardigan, as well as a blue scarf around her head. Her daughter Kerry sat beside her as they drove the short parade route.

In recent years, Kennedy and her golf cart have been a fixture at the parade as she spends every summer at her home in Hyannis Port. They followed a parade float that carried many of Kennedy’s grandchildren.
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The Heartbreaking Moment Jackie Kennedy’s Assistant Comforted Caroline and John After Their Uncle Rfk’s Assassination

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The Heartbreaking Moment Jackie Kennedy’s Assistant Comforted Caroline and John After Their Uncle Rfk’s Assassination
As Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis‘ live-in assistant and sometime nanny between 1964 and 1977, Kathy McKeon was there for some of the biggest — and most heartbreaking — moments in Caroline and John Jr.’s young lives. Among them was the assassination of their uncle Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968 — just five years after their father, John F. Kennedy, was shot and killed.

McKeon, now a 72-year-old grandmother of six, reveals new details about how the tragedy unfolded in her upcoming memoir, Jackie’s Girl, due out May 9 and excerpted in this week’s issue of People.

In Jackie’s Girl, McKeon recalls how the
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Take Your Daughter to Work! Suri Cruise Had Her Own Director’s Chair (and Got Primped!) on Set of Katie Holmes’ After Camelot

Take Your Daughter to Work! Suri Cruise Had Her Own Director’s Chair (and Got Primped!) on Set of Katie Holmes’ After Camelot
Katie Holmes may have taken on directing duties on the Reelz miniseries she stars in, The Kennedys – After Camelot, but it was her adorable daughter, Suri, who apparently had the biggest blast on set.

At the show’s premiere on Wednesday in Beverly Hills, Holmes’ cast and crew members revealed that the actress’ 10-year-old mini-me daughter frequently visited the set to see her mom in action.

Holmes — who plays Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — directed the third episode of the series, and Suri had her own list of fun things to do while mom was working.

“Katie actually made her a chair that said ‘Director,
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Sundance Live: Watch Rory Kennedy Discuss ‘Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton’

Sundance Live: Watch Rory Kennedy Discuss ‘Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton’
What drives a man to surf down an avalanche of 100 feet of water? It’s a question Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director/producer Rory Kennedy explores in her portrait of legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, which will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

“Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” includes incredible cinematography of Hamilton’s death-defying surfing, but the film is also an intimate look at the life of the man who became the legend. It’s a film that forced Kennedy into a wide array of shooting circumstances, requiring different techniques and equipment to capture the surfer’s story.

Kennedy is at Sundance for the film’s premiere and will be stopping by the Canon Creative Studio on Main Street in Park City to talk with IndieWire about shooting her latest film, which you can watch on Facebook Live.

Click here to stream the live discussion at 6:
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