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Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, has died, according to numerous media sources.

Scalia was on vacation at a West Texas resort ranch when he was found in his room dead of natural causes. 

According to a Reuters report:

Scalia, appointed to the top U.S. court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, was known for his strident conservative views and theatrical flair in the courtroom.

His death comes as the court is set to hear its first major abortion case in nearly 10 years, and ahead of key cases on voting rights, affirmative action and immigration.

Phil Shiver is a Fellow at Conservative Review. His interests are Christian Ministry, Common Sense Politics, and anything active. Follow him on Twitter @kpshiver3