Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87 due to complications surrounding metastatic pancreas cancer.
She was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, and the first Jewish woman to serve on the highest court of the land.
The Supreme Court issued the following statement:
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” said Chief Justice John Roberts said in the 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,” he added.
Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by Bill Clinton. She diligently served the Supreme Court for nearly three decades, revered by Democrat and Republican alike.
She was best known for her soft-spoken demeanor which masked her analytical mind. She had a deep concern for the rights of every American and a commitment to upholding the Constitution.
Ginsburg has been battling cancer since 1999 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She underwent emergency surgery and returned to the bench just two weeks later.