US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of cancer, the court says in a statement.

Ginsburg, 87, died of metastatic pancreas cancer at her home in Washington, DC, on Friday evening surrounded by her family, the statement said.

Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing, consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day.

Ginsburg is the oldest sitting justice on the Supreme Court. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993 – becoming the second woman ever to join the court.

Before she became a justice, she had a background in civil rights law – fighting gender discrimination and arguing six cases before the Supreme Court.

She has become an icon for liberals – in recent years, she has been the subject of a biopic, On the Basis of Sex, a documentary, and a bestselling book called Notorious RBG.

Ginsburg had suffered from five bouts of cancer, most recently a recurrence in early 2020.

She received treatment for colon cancer in 1999, and pancreatic cancer in 2009. In December, she had surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her lung.

She has refused to retire from her role, once saying in an interview: “As long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here.”

Just days before her death, Ginsburg said her most fervent wish was that she would not be replaced until a new president was installed.

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– Reuters/BBC