"My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," she said days before her death.
Liberal and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead at the age of 87.
According to the Supreme Court, she died Friday, September 18 after a battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer, only the latest of her many battles with cancer through her lifetime. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.
"Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. 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," Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said in a statement.
Appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, "The Notorious RBG" was the first female Jewish Justice, a champion for gender equality and abortion rights advocate. She also pushed for liberals to vote in favor of same-sex marriage in 2018.
According to NPR, just days before her death, she dictated the following statement to granddaughter Clara Spera: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
Considered a rock star by many in Hollywood, Ginsburg's death was instantly mourned on social media -- with many reacting with simple, yet effective, f-bombs and pleas for everyone to vote in the next election.
Justice Ginsburg paved the way for so many women, including me. There will never be another like her. Thank you RBG.
A shock. A sadness. A great loss. The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves a hole in a nation already reeling. She is an American hero, in every sense. We can honor her by joining to carry forth her legacy of equality, empathy, and justice. May she Rest in Peace.
Rest in peace Ruth Bader Ginsburg - a true legend, an iconoclast, a glass ceiling breaker, and a feminist icon. She changed the world in so many incredible ways. Prayers, love and strength to her family during this dark time. I hope you have fun with Antonin Scalia in heaven...
Rest in power to a feminist icon and American hero! Thank you Ruth Bader Ginsburg for your service, for working well BEYOND retirement until the very end because our country needed you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. https://t.co/cQgTwuafVJ
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids. The kind of person who you say “who knows, one day you could be HER”. I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world.