Scalia had served on the Supreme Court since he was appointed in 1986, and was 79 at the time of his death.
Update 5:42 p.m.:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has released a statement:
Update 5:48 p.m.:
According to The New York Times, Chief Justice John Roberts said, “He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served.”
Update 5:54 p.m.:
Donald Trump, too, has some thoughts he’d like to share.
Update 5:59 p.m.:
Of course, the illustrious Supreme Court scholars of Twitter have lots of Thoughts™ about what this means for election, who are nominees might be, and just how much the Senate is going to railroad anyone Obama tries to appoint. But so far, given the state of things, only one prediction seems at all likely:
Justice Omarosa— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) February 13, 2016
And a fair and true Justice she shall be.
Update 6:11 p.m.:
According to Michele Bachmann (remember her?) we’ve also lost our beloved Anthony Scalia today, as well.
God bless Anthony Scalia, finest Sup Ct Justice RIP— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) February 13, 2016
A very dangerous time for A. Scalias, indeed.