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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87: court

Posted Sep 18, 2020 by AFP
Progressive icon and doyenne of the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died at the age of 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the court announced Friday.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  pictured on December 6  2015  gave two unreserved intervi...
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pictured on December 6, 2015, gave two unreserved interviews about Donal Trump which have caused a sensation
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Progressive icon and doyenne of the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has died at the age of 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the court announced Friday.

Ginsburg, affectionately known as the Notorious RBG, passed away "this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, DC," the court said in a statement.

Only the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court, her death less than two months before a high-stakes presidential election will likely see President Donald Trump move quickly to name her successor.

The Republican-led Senate is equally likely to confirm the nomination at record speed, cementing a conservative majority on the court which has final say on a number of the touchiest subjects dividing America -- from abortion to firearms, civil rights to the death penalty.

Ginsburg, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, served on the court for 27 years.

"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."