Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died

scalia-300x196Two local Texas news outlets are reporting this afternoon that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died at age 79.

According to both My San Antonio and KVIA, Scalia was staying at the Cibolo Creek Ranch to go hunting and died of natural causes. He was reportedly found dead by someone who worked at the ranch in his room.

The tragic news was confirmed in a statement by Texas Governor Greg Abbott:

A United States district judge told SFGate he heard about Scalia’s passing earlier today, saying, “My reaction is it’s very unfortunate. It’s unfortunate with any death, and politically in the presidential cycle we’re in, my educated guess is nothing will happen before the next president is elected.”

Scalia began his tenure on the Supreme Court in 1986, building a reputation as a strong conservative who maintained good relationships with his fellow justices.

Watch the breaking report above, via Fox News.

Watch above: CNN looks back at the life of Justice Antonin Scalia.

We will update this post with more information as it comes in.

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