The legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday at the age of 87 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Now, details about her final days are being revealed to the public.
Daily Mail reported that Ginsburg was working right up until her death, and she was also seeing family, exercising, and listening to opera in her final days. She even officiated a wedding just two weeks before she died.
Those close to Ginsburg said that she seemed to be doing well with her cancer treatments in the days before she died, and that she was making plans for events months away from now. Mary Hartnett, one of her two authorized biographers, visited Ginsburg a month ago and said she was “plowing ahead” despite her cancer diagnosis.
“She was trying very hard to treat this, and essentially her body just gave out,” Hartnett said.
The biographer added that Ginsburg was still doing court work and was exercising daily, either on a treadmill or with her personal trainer. Hartnett said that in the evening, Ginsburg would watch Live at the Met operas.
Hartnett added that when she asked Ginsburg if there were any silver linings to life amidst the coronavirus pandemic, “she immediately lit up and said: ‘Yes, I’ve had so much time with my family, and they have been wonderful.'”
Tributes have been pouring in for Ginsburg since her passing.
“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said of Ginsburg after her death. “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 led an amazing life. What else can you say?” President Donald Trump said Friday night after hearing of her death. “She was an amazing woman whether you agree or not she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.”
CNN reported that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden described her as a “giant in the legal profession” and a “beloved figure,” adding that people “should focus on the loss of the justice and her enduring legacy.”
Former President Barack Obama addressed Ginsburg’s passing in a statement as well.
“Over a long career on both sides of the bench — as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist — Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are — and who we can be,” Obama said. “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.”