Justice Antonin Scalia was found unresponsive this morning while on a quail hunting trip to Marfa, Texas. Most major media outlets are now confirming that the Supreme Court justice and model jurist, who was 79, has died.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.
According to the San Antonio News-Express, which was first to report his death, Scalia was found dead in his room at a West Texas resort.
Scalia, 79, was one of the staunchest conservative members of the court. He was nominated in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. He championed the philosophy of "orginalism," meaning he interprets the Constitution according to what he believes the original authors intended over 200 years ago.
I was blessed to not only have met Justice Antonin Scalia, but to have had him for lectures. He was a great man, an excellent jurist and legal scholar, a dedicated Catholic and a phenomenal Supreme Court justice. He will be missed, and not just by the people who agreed with him.