On Saturday morning, US Justice system was thrown into deep mourning with the report of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s death at the age of 87.
The Gender equality champion and ‘titan of law’ died of complications from metastatic pancreas cancer at her home in Washington, DC, surrounded by her family, the court said in a statement on Friday evening.
Ginsburg served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing with a consistent progressive voting record on the most divisive social issues including: abortion rights, same-sex marriage, immigration and affirmative action.
The legal pioneer, who was affectionately referred to as “The Notorious R.B.G.,” was appointed to the court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She remained popular, especially among youth and was sought after for many speaking engagements across the country. She was also popular on social media for her famed exercise routine and her fiery dissents.
US media says she was one tough cookie, surviving five bouts of cancer–most recently in early 2020 when a biopsy revealed lesions on her liver. In a statement, she said that chemotherapy was yielding “positive results” and that she was able to maintain an active daily routine.
Immediately after the news broke, flags outside the White House and Supreme Court in the US capital were lowered to half-staff while hundreds of people also gathered outside the Supreme Court to mourn her passing.
Also tributes poured in from politicians, celebrities, athletes and many others, who hailed Ginsburg as a liberal icon who paved the way for women. See few of them below:
Statement from the President on the Passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N2YkGVWLoF
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
Thank you for a lifetime of service. Thank you for changing history. We will never let it be undone. RIP RBG. https://t.co/hmAw1Lvq9a
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 18, 2020
Her rest is earned. It is our turn to fight.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 19, 2020
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) September 19, 2020
We’ve lost a great warrior. #RBGRIP
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 19, 2020
Tonight, the flags are flying at half staff over the Capitol to honor the patriotism of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Every woman and girl, and therefore every family, in America has benefitted from her brilliance.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 19, 2020
I am crying. This one hurts so bad. She was good woman. A principled woman. She fought for the citizens of this country and for equality and equity for us all.
She was our shield.
She believed in us.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) September 19, 2020
We have lost one of the most extraordinary Justices ever to serve on the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and landmark opinions moved us closer to a more perfect union. And her powerful dissents reminded us that we walk away from our Constitution’s promise at our peril. pic.twitter.com/dDECiBxae6
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) September 19, 2020
Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for all of us. She was an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law. May her memory be a blessing to all people who cherish our Constitution and its promise.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 19, 2020
"Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." RIP, RBG pic.twitter.com/HLtKG7qdnp
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsberg did everything she could to protect Democracy. John Lewis did everything he could. Elijah Cummings did everything he could. Now all we have to do is vote Trump out to allow them to Rest In Peace.
— Kurt Nice (@KurtNiceHHL) September 19, 2020
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