U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away this morning at the age of 79.

Scalia died in his sleep during a visit to Texas.

According to CNN, Scalia went to bed Friday night and told friends he wasn't feeling well. Scalia did not get up for breakfast on Saturday morning and the group he was with for a hunting trip left without him.

That’s when someone in the ranch went in to check on him and found him unresponsive.

He was appointed to the court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan and was a conservative icon who transformed the court by establishing it in his belief that judges should follow the precise words of the Constitution and not apply a modern interpretation.

With additional reporting by Sal Lopez

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