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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99, ABC News has confirmed.
“Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Paul Stevens, died this evening at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, of complications following a stroke he suffered on July 15. He passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side. He was 99 years old,” the Supreme Court said in a statement.
Stevens was nominated to the high court by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975 and retired in 2010 after serving more than 34 years on the court.
He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Jane Sesemann and Susan Roberta Mullen, nine grandchildren: Kathryn, Christine, Edward, Susan, Lauren, John, Madison, Hannah, Haley, and 13 great grandchildren. His first wife Elizabeth Jane, his second wife, Maryan Mulholland, his son, John Joseph, and his daughter, Kathryn, preceded him in death.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. released a statement through the Supreme Court following the death announcement.
PHOTO: Justices of the US Supreme Court pose for their official photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, Nov. 30, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images, FILE) More In May, he gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal, giving this assessment of our politics today: “I think there are things we should be concerned about, there’s no doubt about that,” he says, parrying requests for specifics. Eventually, he allows, “The president is exercising powers that do not really belong to him. I mean, he has to comply with subpoenas and things like that.”
Stevens also penned an op-ed published in The New York Times in March 2018 calling for action to end gun violence. Stevens called for a repeal of the Second Amendment to the Constitution in order to weaken the National Rifle Association’s ability to “stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation.”
President Donald Trump dismissed Stevens‘ call to repeal the Second Amendment. “The second amendment will never be repealed,” Trump tweeted at the time. “As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens.”
Speaking at Washington University School of Law in 2016, Stevens was asked what about his legacy. His reply: “I did the best I could.”
Earlier this year he released his third book – an autobiography – “The Making of a Justice, Reflections on My First 94 Years.”