What We Know: Scalia had heart troubles, successor in flux

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Posted: Feb 15, 2016 4:50 PM
What We Know: Scalia had heart troubles, successor in flux

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday while on vacation quail hunting near Marfa, Texas. The 79-year-old jurist's unexpected death has left questions about when a new justice will be named to the high court.

Key takeaways about what happens next:

—The successor: President Barack Obama says he intends to nominate a new justice to replace Scalia "in due time," waiting for the Senate to return from recess. Some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said a nomination should wait until the next president.

—The cause of death: Presidio County, Texas, Judge Cinderela Guevara pronounced Scalia dead by phone Saturday after consulting with sheriff's investigators and U.S. Marshals. Guevara said they saw no signs of foul play. After consulting with Scalia's physician, Guevara said she decided against ordering an autopsy and one wasn't performed. Scalia's physician told Guevara his patient had a history of heart trouble, high blood pressure and other chronic illnesses, she said.

—Scalia's last day: The owner of Cibolo Creek Ranch, where Scalia died, said the justice seemed his usual self on Friday night. Scalia was found dead in his room after he didn't show up for breakfast on Saturday morning.

—The funeral: Scalia's body was taken to a West Texas airport Sunday afternoon and was to be flown to Virginia. Funeral plans have not yet been released.