US Supreme Court progressive icon and doyenne – Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. She died at the age of 87 after battling with pancreatic cancer, which was announced by the court on Friday.
Ginsburg, who is affectionately referred to as the Notorious RBG passed on to glory “this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, DC,” the court said in a statement.
She is the only second woman to get appointed to the Supreme Court. Her death happened less than two months to a high-stakes presidential election.
Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933. She served for 27 years on the court.
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts was quoted as saying in the court statement.
“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 tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
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