Scalia, an associate justice of the conservative wing, apparently died of natural causes while staying at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in Big Bend.
According to reports, he arrived on Friday and attended a private function. When he did not appear the next morning for breakfast, a ranch staffer checked on him in his room and found the body. Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people.
“I was told it was this morning,” Biery said. “It happened on a ranch out near Marfa. As far as the details, I think itâ€™s pretty vague right now as to how.”
“Itâ€™s unfortunate with any death, and politically in the presidential cycle weâ€™re in, my educated guess is nothing will happen before the next president is elected.”
The U.S. Marshal Service, the Presidio County sheriff and the FBI are investigating, though officials who asked not to be identified said there was no evidence of foul play and it appears Scalia died of natural causes. involved in the investigation.
News broke afterÂ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement calling Scalia a man of God, a patriot and an “unwavering defender of the written Constitution.”
“He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution,” Abbott said in his statement. “We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law.”