Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at 79, of apparent natural causes, at a luxury resort in West Texas, according to local sources.
Senior Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at the age of 79 of apparent natural causes on February 13, in his hotel room at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in West Texas. Justice Scalia’s body was found when he failed to come to breakfast that morning. A ranch employee went to his room and found his body. A gray Cadillac hearse was seen pulling into the ranch that afternoon.
Justice Scalia reportedly arrived at the resort, located in Big Bend region south of Marfa, on Friday, February 12 and attended a party with 40 other guests that same night. There was no indication that anything was wrong with the judge. According to an unnamed Federal official who spoke to My San Antonio, there was no evidence of foul play in his death.
U.S. District Judge Fred Biery was among those first notified of Justice Scalia’s death. “I was told it was this morning,” Judge Biery said. “It happened on a ranch out near Marfa. As far as the details, I think it’s pretty vague right now as to how,” he said. “My reaction is it’s very unfortunate.
The question already on everyone’s minds, even in these hours after Justice Scalia’s death, is what to do with his now-vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Justice Scalia held the seat since 1986, when he was appointed to the position by President Ronald Reagan. “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,” Judge Biery said.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Justice Scalia’s loved ones.