US Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist Has Died
washington 9/05/2005 04:53 AM GMT (WooEB)
A statement from the spokeswoman said he was surrounded by his three children when he died in Arlington.
"The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer since being diagnosed last October and continued to perform his dues on the court until a precipitous decline in his health the last couple of days," she said.
Rehnquist was appointed to the Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1971 by U.S. President Richard Nixon and took his seat on Jan. 7, 1972. He was elevated to chief justice by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1986.