The death certificate for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia lists his cause of death as myocardial infarction, aka, a heart attack.
The official cause of death was revealed by Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara.
Guevara was shopping Saturday in the neighboring town of Alpine when county Sheriff Danny Dominguez called her on her cellphone after lunch. “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,’” Guevara recounted. “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,” she explained. Cell phone service is spotty in far West Texas. There’s no service at the ranch where Scalia passed away. Guevara said Dmoinguez called back repeatedly for 20 minutes, at the mercy of cell service.
Guevara said she pronounced Scalia dead over the phone at 1:52 p.m. on Saturday.
The judge said Scalia went to his doctor for a shoulder injury last week, but also suffered from several chronic ailments.