Touted as the longest-serving woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, the Supreme Court announced on Friday. She was 87.
“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,” the court said in a statement. A longtime friend of Ginsburg’s Chief Justice John Roberts described her as a “jurist of historic stature.”
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. He went on to say that the Supreme Court has lost a cherished colleague, adding that they hope the future generation remembers Ginsburg as they knew her, “a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
The legal and feminist icon’s death led to artists flooding Twitter and other social media platforms with messages of mourning. Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, and a myriad of other celebrities paid tribute to Ginsburg and raised concerns regarding the future of the United States.
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
“Thank you for a lifetime of service. Thank you for changing the history. We will never let it be undone. RIP RBG,” the “Hero” songstress tweeted. Carey’s fellow pop star Katy Perry also took to Twitter to express her condolence using the hashtag #RIPRBG.
Morning talk show host Kelly Ripa shared a picture of Ginsburg and captioned it, “#rip RBG. The right kind of notorious. What a loss” with a heart emoji. She was referencing to Ginsburg’s nickname, “Notorious RBG” which was a play on the late American rapper the Notorious BIG.
Avengers star Chris Evans shared a picture of Ginsburg on his Instagram Stories and called her, “ONE OF ONE.” Evans’ fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe stalwart Zoe Saldana wrote “R.I.P. Ruth Bader Ginsburg” on her Instagram Stories.
With Election Day still, 46 days away, the vacancy allows President Donald Trump to solidify the conservative majority on the court. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacancy should not be filled until America chooses its new president.