Justice Scalia dead at 79

160213165557-antonin-scalia-april-2014-exlarge-169U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died at the age of 79, a government source and family friend told CNN on Saturday.

Scalia died in his sleep during a visit to Texas.

The first Italian-American to sit on the nation’s highest court, Scalia was a conservative in thought, but not in personality.

The jaunty jurist was able to light up, or ignite, a room with his often brash demeanor and wicked sense of humor, grounded always in a profound respect for American law and its constitutional traditions.

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