US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away at the age of 87.
The statement by the court said that she died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington, DC.
Ginsburg was an iconic champion of human rights, she was a renowned feminist who became a pioneer for liberals in the US.
She was the oldest justice and the second-ever woman to work in the Supreme Court.
“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement on Friday. “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.”
Her health was monitored closely. Her death raises the prospect of Republican US President Donald Trump trying to expand its slender conservative majority, even before this November’s election.
Ginsburg expressed her strong disapproval of such a move before her death. “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” she wrote in a statement to her granddaughter.
President Donald Trump reacted to Ginsburg’s death after an election rally in Minnesota. He said, “I didn’t know that. She led an amazing life, what else can you say?”
Later on, Mr. Trump said Ginsburg was a “titan of the law” and a “brilliant mind”.