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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. 

She 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.

Ginsburg had endured a number of health issues in recent years. 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 clung to her position despite her age and health, knowing that if she retired it could change the landscape of US justice.

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