U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87, thrusting the apex court vacancy into spotlight of the presidential campaign.
The Supreme Court said in a statement Ginsburg died from metastatic cancer of the pancreas at her home in Washington surrounded by family.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.
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“We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.”
The icon for women’s rights served in the Supreme Court for 27 years.
“Architect of the legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the nation’s highest court, becoming its most prominent member. Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign,” NPR said.