United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died at the age of 87. She died surrounded by family at her home in Washington, DC from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, according to a statement released by the court.

“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” said Chief Justice John Roberts in the release. “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.”

When Justice Ginsberg was appointed to the court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, she became just the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. She was revered as a champion for gender equality and women’s rights, and earned the nickname the “Notorious R.B.G.” in reference to late rap star “Notorious B.I.G.”—often shortened to simply RBG. 

The announcement of her death sent shockwaves through the nation on Friday evening, with many taking to social media to express their sympathy: 

Three other women have served on the Supreme Court to-date: Sandra Day O’Connor (1981-2006), Sonia Sotomayor (2009-current), and Elena Kagan (2010-current).

RBG was a trailblazer who leaves behind a lasting legacy—may she rest in peace.


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