US Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Ginsburg died Friday night, after serving for more than 25 years on the court.
Ginsburg had fought metastatic pancreas cancer, which forced her to the hospital multiple times over the last few years.
She was rushed to the hospital over the summer but returned home shortly after.
Ginsburg, who was the oldest member on the court, was seen as one of the more liberal judges in the Supreme Court. She was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993.
US President Donald Trump was widely believed to have an edge with four conservative judges to the four liberal judges, which included Ginsburg. Since taking office, Trump has appointed two judges on the nine-member panel.
Ginsberg’s death just over six weeks before Election Day is likely to set off a heated battle over whether Trump should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm, her replacement, or if the seat should remain vacant until the outcome of his race against Democrat Joe Biden is known.
- With AP