Sandra Day O'Connor has passed away from advanced dementia
WAVY News is reporting to its Virginia audience that retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has died at 93. O’Connor announced in 2018 that she was withdrawing from public life after being diagnosed with dementia. Her death is being reported as from “complications related to advanced dementia, probably Alzheimer’s, and a respiratory illness.”
O'Connor was appointed the first woman on the Supreme Court by Ronald Regan in 1981 and served for 25 years until 2006. That same year, on September 30, she spoke about former president Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia according to News Virginia.
The Virginia Pilot calls Oconnor a trailblazer who inspired other women. Sandra Day O'Connor married John Jay O'Conner in 1952 and they had 3 children. The couple remained for 57 years until his death in 2009. John O'Connor also died from complications of dementia.