The news that US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died has been met with heartbreak by members of the public and celebrities, who have taken to social media to express their sadness at the news.
Ginsburg, who was the oldest justice and the second ever woman to sit on the Supreme Court, died on Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington, DC, surrounded by her family, the court said.
"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement on Friday. "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."
She was a prominent feminist, known for defending abortion rights and same-sex marriage. In recent years, her fame has skyrocketed, and she's become something of a meme-able icon to women around the world. She inspired the #NotoriousRBG hashtag and the nickname that followed.
Politicians and celebrities have been leading tributes online to her legacy, with Barack Obama calling her: "a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed that equal justice under law only had meaning if it applied to every single American," in a statement for Medium.
Fellow public figures have followed his lead online:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored. My statement: https://t.co/Wa6YcT5gDi— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 19, 2020
Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion for humanity.— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) September 19, 2020
Despite the uncertain nature of our politics, she always stood up for what is right, and she helped us bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.
She will be greatly missed.
Just heard the worst news... so sad! Ruth Bader Ginsburg you will live in history forever. May you rest in peace. 😢🙏😢— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) September 19, 2020
I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a true champion of gender equality and was a strong woman for me and all the little girls of the world to look up to. pic.twitter.com/ta9RvhD2IT— jlo (@JLo) September 19, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids. The kind of person who you say “who knows, one day you could be HER”. I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world.— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 19, 2020
We have lost a true champion who protected the rights of all Americans. Ruth Bader Ginsburg you inspired generations of women. Your words and powerful dissents are part of the impressive legacy you leave behind. We'll continue the work. Thank you Notorious RBG ✊🏽 #VOTE #VOTE2020 pic.twitter.com/cOAw9dUKX4— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) September 19, 2020
Her rest is earned. It is our turn to fight.— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 19, 2020
Rest In Peace Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A giant. Make sure another Kavanaugh doesn't replace her. Please vote blue.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 18, 2020
Thank you for a lifetime of service. Thank you for changing history. We will never let it be undone. RIP RBG. https://t.co/hmAw1Lvq9a— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 18, 2020
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
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