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John Paul Stevens, retired Supreme Court justice, has died at age 99

Posted: 8:38 PM, Jul 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-16 20:55:02-04
John Paul Stevens, retired Supreme Court justice, has died at age 99

John Paul Stevens, a former Supreme Court Justice appointed by Gerald Ford, has died at the age of 99 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

According to a statement from the US Supreme Court, Stevens died from complications from a stroke.

Stevens served on America's top court from 1975 through 2010. Stevens' 35-year term on the bench marked the third-longest in history.

Stevens stepped away from the Supreme Court in 2010 and was replaced by Elena Kagan, an Obama appointee.

Two years after Stevens stepped away, he was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

One of Stevens' final interviews came in May when he said that President Donald Trump was "exercising powers that do not really belong to him."

He also recently wrote that those advocating for gun control should push for an abolishment of the second amendment.