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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday after multiple battles with cancer. She was 87.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told ABC News, “Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.”

According to CNN, she battled cancer five times, including a recent bout that landed her in the hospital in January. She continued to serve on the Court until her death.

President Clinton appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993. She was the second of four women ever to serve on the high court, and the first Jewish woman.

She was the Court's most liberal member, consistently voting to affirm abortion, same-sex marriage, and immigration rights.

Ginsburg came to be known as “the Notorious R.B.G.” and was at the center of the 2018 movie “On the Basis of Sex,” starring Felicity Jones. The doc "RBG" from that same year earned Oscar nominations for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song for "I'll Fight."

Ginsburg is survived by her daughter Jane and son James. Her husband Martin died in 2010. They were married for 56 years.

Stars reacted to the loss on social media:

Hillary Clinton wrote, “Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted,"We have lost a giant in the history of our nation with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is heartbreaking that in her final moments she was, as are many others, preoccupied with what would happen after her passing. I want to make one thing clear: we can, and must, fight."

Meghan McCain posted, “Rest in peace Ruth Bader Ginsburg - a true legend, an iconoclast, a glass ceiling breaker, and a feminist icon. She changed the world in so many incredible ways. Prayers, love and strength to her family during this dark time. I hope you have fun with [late Supreme Court Justice] Antonin Scalia in heaven...”

Viola Davis shared an emotional message, "No 2020!!! No! No! Not now! Not this WOMAN!!! Please work your supreme magic, brilliant mind, and courage from Heaven!! Help us down here! Thank you for your service Queen!! Rest in glorious peace."

Kerry Washington tweeted, "Her rest is earned. It is our turn to fight."

Mandy Moore shared, "Thank you, RBG for devoting your life, love and legacy to the rule of law. What a trailblazer in every way. What an immeasurable loss in every way. We will honor you by voting to protect all that you stood for. #rbg #heartbroken"

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