TX Judge Confirms Scalia’s Scalia’s Cause of Death


scalia-300x196A Texas judge confirmed today that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia‘s official cause of death was a heart attack.

Scalia was staying at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas and was found dead in his room yesterday morning. The mournful reactions came in from legal scholars, presidential candidates, Scalia’s own colleagues, and plenty of people who disagreed with him about the loss of this giant legal mind.

According to USA Today, Scalia’s death certificate lists a myocardial infarction as cause of death. Judge Cinderela Guevara said she was called by a county sheriff yesterday afternoon because the two justices of the peace were out of town.

She went into more detail about what happened yesterday:

“As part of my investigation, one of the things I did ask the sheriff and the U.S. Marshal: ‘Were there any signs of foul play?’ And they said, ‘Absolutely not.’ At that time I still wanted to be careful, and asked them if (Scalia’s) physician would call me.”

The justice’s personal doctor called her at 8 p.m. Saturday night. She said the physician told her that Scalia had a shoulder problem last week and underwent an MRI. Scalia also suffered several chronic ailments, Guevara said.

“I felt comfortable what I knew was going on with him physically,” she said.

Scalia’s body was moved to a funeral home in El Paso today.

UPDATE – 9:00 A.M. EST Reports from various sources have called the pronouncement of Scalia’s death by heart attack into question, saying that his death was actually a result of natural causes, and that it could be difficult to determine precisely when the justice’s family has declined an autopsy on his body.

Washington Post reported last night that Judge Guevara was able to pronounced Scalia dead under Texas law without having seen the body, but that she relied on law enforcement officials who were on the scene in her place. She said that she would wait for a statement from Scalia’s physician before issuing his death certificate.

“He died of natural causes,” Guevara said, indicating that she only meant to say that Scalia’s heart had stopped beating when she noted his myocardial infarction.

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