U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, has died due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to a release from the Supreme Court.
Ginsburg was in her Washington D.C. home and surrounded by family at the time of passing.
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said. “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.”
Ginsburg served more than 27 years and was the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court.
In July, Ginsburg revealed that she was receiving chemotherapy on a bi-weekly basis for a “recurrence of cancer.”
This past February, Ginsburg learned of having lesions in the liver, but a July 7 scan showed a reduction in those lesions and no signs of any new disease.
Despite the treatment, Ginsburg continued to fulfill her duties on the Supreme Court until her final days.
“Throughout, I have kept up with opinion writing and all other Court work,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in the July statement. “I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that.”
Before the most current battle with cancer, Ginsburg was treated for colorectal cancer in 1999 and underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2009.
California Governor Gavin Newsom responded to the news of her death by saying:
“We have lost a giant among us. A trailblazer. And a champion of equality and justice. Our hearts ache tonight. Let us honor her memory by preserving the very ideals she fought so tirelessly for. Rest in Power.”
We have lost a giant among us. A trailblazer. And a champion of equality and justice.
Our hearts ache tonight. Let us honor her memory by preserving the very ideals she fought so tirelessly for.
Rest in Power. https://t.co/Vv2KzS1Ql6
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 18, 2020