The family of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has waived an autopsy — dismissing any chance to learn more about how he died with a pillow over his head in an isolated Texas ranch Saturday.
Police do not suspect any foul play, and said Scalia died of natural causes. But authorities made that call without seeing the body, and without ordering an autopsy, according to The Washington Post — both of which are allowed under Texas law. The Scalia family immediately objected to autopsy, deeming it unnecessary.
Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara told ABC News she will write on Scalia’s death certificate: “Natural causes — heart attack.”
Scalia’s body was flown to Virginia late Sunday afternoon, and funeral arrangements have not been disclosed.
Scalia, 79, had been in poor health prior to his trip to the remote Cibolo Creek Ranch, Guevara said. The judge visited his doctor in Washington D.C. two days in a row before heading to Texas, she said.
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