US Supreme Court judge and liberal icon dies aged 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the US Supreme Court judge who became one of America’s great liberal icons, has died aged 87.

Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreas cancer at her home in Washington, DC on Friday evening, the Supreme Court said in a statement. 

“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “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.”

Ginsburg became a feminist hero and an social media icon, becoming fondly known as “The Notorious RBG”, a riff on the rapper, The Notorious B.I.G.

She had endured a number of health issues. In July she announced that she was receiving chemotherapy treatment for a recurrence of cancer, a few months after being hospitalised with a gall bladder infection. In 2018, she fractured three ribs in a fall in her Washington office. She had pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999.