US Marshals Service confirms that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead at 79

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., on Thursday blasted Scalia for uttering what he called

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., on Thursday blasted Scalia for uttering what he called "racist ideas" from the bench of the nation’s highest court. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Justice Antonin Scalia is dead.

The influential conservative and provocative member of the Supreme Court was 79.

The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed Scalia’s death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas. The service’s spokeswoman says Scalia was found dead this morning when he did not appear for breakfast.

Read initial reports here.

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