Truth behind the ‘Kennedy curse’ as Saoirse becomes 13th member of ‘America’s Royal family’ to die in assassinations, plane crashes and drug ODs – The Sun

Truth behind the ‘Kennedy curse’ as Saoirse becomes 13th member of ‘America’s Royal family’ to die in assassinations, plane crashes and drug ODs – The Sun

THE once powerful Kennedy family was the closest thing America ever had to its own Royal Family.

However, it is a clan that was dogged by death long before JFK was infamously gunned down on the streets of Dallas.

 

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Tragic Saoirse Kennedy Hill, who died of a suspected drug overdose aged 22, became the 13th member of the Kennedy family to die in unnatural circumstances leading to claims of a curse

 

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The Kennedy family was the closest thing America ever had to having its very own Royal Family

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Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Saoirse, 22, dies of ‘drug overdose’ at family’s Cape Cod compound

And  - following the "overdose death" of Saoirse Kennedy Hill  - the so-called family curse still appears to be casting a very dark shadow.

Most people know about the shocking assassinations of President Kennedy and his brother Robert in the 1960s.

However, the scandal-hit Kennedys have suffered a string of personal tragedies which some believe is down to more than just bad luck.

Now 13 members of the family and their spouses have died before their time - others outside the family have perished along the way.

Intertwined with the shocking death toll, the family has been rocked by rape and murder scandals, claims of drugs abuse and high society marriage break-ups.

Cancer has also played a role in the Kennedy family tragedies and in 1973, Ted Kennedy's 12-year-old son Edward Jr. lost a leg to bone cancer.

He later told CNN in 2009 he rejected 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.

However, here are the key dates which some say add weight to the legend of the Kennedy Curse:

Joseph Kennedy Jnr was killed in a plane crash while serving with the US Navy in World War II

Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr was killed in August 1944 during World War II - he was just 29 years old.

He was tragically died when his bomber aircraft exploded over Suffolk during the Second World War.

Kennedy had completed 25 combat missions and was eligible to return home but decided to fight on.

Joseph was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, Air Medal, and Purple Heart Medal for his heroics.

He was the eldest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Kathleen, a daughter of Joseph and Rose, was also killed in a plane crash aged 28

Kathleen Kennedy died in a plane crash four years after her high-profile wedding to the Marquess of Hartington.

While working with the Red Cross, she began a romantic relationship with Lord Hartington, whom she married in May 1944.

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Mary Richardson Kennedy seen here with her husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr

Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert Kennedy Jr, died after reportedly hanging herself at home on May 16, 2012.

Her husband, Robert Kennedy Jr, a prominent environmental lawyer and the son of former senator Robert F Kennedy, had filed for a divorce two years earlier.

The two had married in 1994 and had four children together. The divorce case was still pending at the time of her death.

In the months after the couple's separation became public, Mary Kennedy was arrested twice by police officers who suspected her of driving while drunk.

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, is the latest member of the clan to fall victim to the 'curse'

The most recent 'victim' of the so-called curse was Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter Saoirse who died from a suspected drug overdose at her family’s home in Cape Cod.

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, is understood to have gone into cardiac arrest at the compound where her grandmother Ethel Kennedy, 91, lives.

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