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La. officials react to passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an influential and controversial conservative on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Source: AP/Matt Rourke) Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an influential and controversial conservative on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Source: AP/Matt Rourke)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The longest serving member of the current U.S. Supreme Court died at the age of 79 Saturday. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead while on a hunting trip in Texas. He died in his sleep of natural causes, according to several media reports. 

Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He was known for his flamboyant, candid writing style and his conservative voice on rulings. 

He leaves behind his wife and nine children. 

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement Saturday about Scalia's passing: 

"For nearly 30 years, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia served the people of this country honorably. Donna and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family for their loss, and we thank them for sharing him with the rest of the country during some of the greatest legal challenges in a generation."

U.S Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana also issued the following statement about Scalia:

"I am deeply saddened to learn of Justice Antonin Scalia's passing. He was a man of deep faith and brilliant intellect who will forever be remembered as one of the greatest conservative thought leaders and defenders of the Constitution who has ever served on the Supreme Court. I considered him a friend and this sad and tragic loss will be felt by everyone who cherishes what is great about America. Jennifer and I offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Justice Scalia's family during this time of deep loss."

Several other Louisiana officials also posted statements on Facebook, including U.S. Congressman Dr. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana:  

U.S. Senator David Vitter, D-Louisiana:

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry: 

Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:

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