Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87, due to complications from cancer. As a justice and throughout her career, Ginsburg was a tireless advocate for the rights of women, the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, and other historically repressed groups. Ginsburg was an icon whose reach went beyond the legal world and reached into popular culture.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “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.”
In her waning days, she dictated a statement to granddaughter, Clara Spera, to be delivered after her passing. In that statement, she Ginsburg issued what is thought to be her final request of the country which she served for so many years: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”