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The Statement RBG Dictated Before Her Death

Supreme Court Justice died of complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2020 6:42 PM CDT
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87
In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during a discussion on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(Newser) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington, DC, reports the AP. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court says; it was her fifth bout with cancer since 1999. NPR reports that in the days before her death, Ginsburg dictated the following statement to her granddaughter, Clara Spera: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

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"Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement, per NPR. "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." (Read more Ruth Bader Ginsburg stories.)

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