Conflicting Reports Surround Scalia's Death

| by Sean Kelly
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Despite reports that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died of a heart attack on Feb. 13, the Texas official who allegedly announced the cause of death said the reports were untrue.

Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara was quoted by a Dallas TV station as saying that Scalia died of "myocardial infarction" -- though she denied it in an interview with The Washington Post, reports TheBlaze.

"It wasn't a heart attack," she told The Washington Post. "He died of natural causes."

Guevara also told WFAA she was called by Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez to the ranch where Scalia died following news of his passing.

"He says, ‘Judge, I’m at Cibolo Creek Ranch, and a Supreme Court justice has just passed away, and I need someone here immediately. Both justices of the peace are out of town at this time," she said. 

"I said, ‘Sheriff, what did you say? Which Supreme Court justice died at Cibolo Creek Ranch?’ And the phone went dead, because our connection was very bad. He called me back and he gave me a few more sentences until it broke up again. And that’s how the conversation went for 20 minutes."

Guevara pronounced Scalia dead over the phone without seeing his body. 

Scalia reportedly died peacefully, with his heart stopping in his sleep. Cibolo Ranch owner John Poindexter said he found Scalia dead after he didn't show up for breakfast, prompting ranch employees to enter his room to investigate.

Sources: TheBlaze, WFAA / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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