U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died at the age of 79, according to multiple news reports.

Scalia, one of the high court's most conservative and anti-LGBT jurists died in his sleep during a visit to Texas.

The first Italian-American to sit on the United States Supreme Court, Scalia was appointed by Republican president Ronald Reagan in 1986.

Scalia's death rocked Washington and the 2016 presidential race and opens the door for a third SCOTUS pick for Democratic president Barack Obama.


This is a developing story. 



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