US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died at 87, the court announced Friday.
The justice died in Washington, DC, due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her family.
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“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a 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 tired and resolute champion of justice.”
Ginsburg was appointed to the nation’s highest court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the court, and served more than 27 years.
Ginsburg was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn on March 15, 1933. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. In 1954, she married Martin D. Ginsburg, a prominent attorney.
The justice wrote My Own Words, a compilation of her speeches and writings, in 2016. The documentary RBG premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and later opened in theaters.
Tributes to the Ginsburg began pouring in immediately Friday evening, the dawn of the Jewish New Year, as the news broke.
Today, on the Jewish New Year, we recall the principle of “tikkun olam” which says, the world is flawed and our role is to leave it better than it was, designer Kenneth Cole tweeted. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg has done that.”
“This is devastating, an incalculable loss,” US soccer star Megan Rapinoe tweeted. “We owe so much to RBG.”
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