How Did Antonin Scalia Die? The Supreme Court Justice Passed Away At Age 79

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia attends the TIME/CNN/PEOPLE/FORTUNE Pre-Dinner Cocktail Reception at Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Time, Inc)
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After reportedly spending the day quail hunting at Cibolo Creek Ranch on Friday outside of Marfa, TX, ABC reports that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep Friday night. CNN reports that a government official told them that Scalia had complained of feeling ill to friends before heading to bed on Friday. How did Scalia die? My San Antonio, a local website, reports that he died of natural causes in his sleep. CNN says he was found unresponsive on Saturday morning. Update: A Presidio County judge confirmed Sunday afternoon that Scalia's official cause of death will be listed as a heart attackJudge Cinderela Guevara said she spoke with Scalia's personal doctor, who reportedly told her that he had suffered multiple chronic ailments and had recently had a shoulder issue and underwent an MRI.

My San Antonia reports: "Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body." The Daily Mail reports that the US Marshal Service, the local sheriff's department, and the FBI will be investigating his death. As of now, there's no foul play suspected. The Marshal was reportedly on site because oftentimes they travel with Justices.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement: "We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law."

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Scalia was the Supremes most conservative leader and was vehemently against gay marriage and called the decision to allow same-sex marriage a “threat to American democracy.” The seat he's left behind might possibly go to Sri Srinivasan, an Obama appointed judge. 

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