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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, the United States Supreme Court said on Friday.

She was 87 years old.

Ginsburg died from "complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.” A press release from the Supreme Court said she was surrounded by family at the time of her passing.

Ginsburg has battled health issues throughout her career on the high court, including multiple battles with cancer.

Chief Justice John Roberts said of Justice Ginsburg:

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. 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.'

Chief Justice John Roberts

Appointed by President Clinton in 1993, she was the second woman appointed to the court. She served more than 27 years and is considered by many to be a civil rights and feminist icon.

Ginsburg was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York. She married Martin Ginsburg in 1954. Her husband died in 2010, after 56 years of marriage. She missed only a handful of days before returning to the court.

She studied law at Harvard and Columbia law schools and was at times a victim of discrimination due to her gender.

Some of her most landmark votes were made in favor of abortion rights, same-sex marriage, immigration, health care and affirmative action.

Private interment service will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery.

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