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Breaking: Supreme Court Justice Scalia Found Dead, Will The Balance Of Power Shift?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday apparently of natural causes at a Texas resort, federal officials told the San Antonio Express-News.

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Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa.

According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body.

Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, of the Western Judicial District of Texas, was notified about the death from the U.S. Marshals Service.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said he was among those notified about Scalia’s death.

“My reaction is it’s very unfortunate,” Biery told the paper regarding Scalia’s death. ”It’s unfortunate with any death, and politically in the presidential cycle we’re in, my educated guess is nothing will happen before the next president is elected.”

The U.S. Marshal Service, the Presidio County sheriff and the FBI were involved in the investigation, the Express-News said, adding that officials with the law enforcement agencies declined to comment.

A federal official who asked not to be named said there was no evidence of foul play and it appeared that Scalia died of natural causes, the paper said.

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