Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, passed away Friday, September, 18th 2020. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.

Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., surrounded by family. She was 87.

“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.”

Ginsburg born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933, was an American jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her passing in 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and was generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg was only the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor.

An architect for the legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg served 27 years on the nation’s highest court, arguably becoming its most prominent member. Her death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign.

Just days before her death, it has been said that Ginsburg dictated a statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Ginsburg’s death will have profound consequences for the court and the country. Inside the court, not only is the leader of the liberal wing gone but with the court about to open a new term, the chief justice no longer holds the controlling vote in closely contested cases. But with Ginsburg gone, there is no clear court majority for those outcomes.