Justice Antonin Scalia, the conservative heart of the Supreme Court for more than a decade, died Saturday. He was 79.
His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by the U.S. Marshall’s Service.
Scalia was the current court’s longest-serving justice, having been nominated in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.
Texas media outlets reported that the justice was found dead of apparent natural causes in a West Texas resort while on a hunting trip.
A representative of the Cibolo Creek Ranch, where Scalia was reported to have died, told BuzzFeed News she was unable to comment on the incident, citing guest confidentiality.
In a statement that the Texas governor released “following the news of Justice Scalia’s passing, Gov. Greg Abbott remembered the Supreme Court justice as a “man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law.” [x]