Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died Click to Enlarge Photo: Supreme Court of the United States / Public domain

(KNSI) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87.

Ginsburg passed away surrounded by family at her home in Washington, D.C. Ginsburg has suffered a number of health issues in recent months. According to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Ginsburg served on the high court since 1993 after being appointed by then-President Bill Clinton.

"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," said Chief Justice John Roberts. "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."

She was just the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States and was the eldest justice on the bench.

She was born in Brooklyn in 1933 and attended Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. A champion for women's rights, she began the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1971. She served as General Counsel for the organization from 1973 to 1980 and later on its National Board of Directors. Ginsburg was appointed in 1980 as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She was nominated as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court by President Clinton and took her seat on the bench August 10th, 1993.

She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in a private ceremony.