Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of what appear to be natural causes Saturday (Feb. 13), reports the San Antonio Express-News.
Federal officials say Scalia, 79, was staying at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a luxury resort in West Texas. He attended a private party at the resort on Friday evening; his body was found Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast.
“I was told it was this morning. It happened on a ranch out near Marfa. As far as the details, I think it’s pretty vague right now as to how,” says U.S. District Judge Fred Biery. A different federal official who asked to remain anonymous says there is no evidence of foul play and it appears Scalia died of natural causes.
Biery adds that it’s “very unfortunate” but his “educated guess” is that “nothing will happen [with filling Scalia’s seat] until the next president is elected.”
Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. He attended Harvard Law School and was a law professor at the University of Virginia Law School. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, he served as Assistant Attorney General and a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
He is survived by wife Maureen, whom he married in 1960, and nine children — Ann, Eugene, John, Catherine, Mary, Paul, Matthew, Christopher and Margaret.