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September 3, 2005 11:12 p.m.
U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has died, a Supreme Court spokeswoman announced late Saturday evening.
The 80-year-old chief justice had been undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer since last fall.
Rumors swirled about his potential retirement at the close of the latest term in June, but Mr. Rehnquist did not retire. In mid-July, facing continued rumors, he said he would continue leading the Supreme Court as long as his health allows.
Mr. Rehnquist, the court's longest-serving member, was appointed an associate justice by President Nixon in 1971 and elevated to chief justice by President Reagan in 1986.
The chief justice's health had been closely followed by business interests as well as the White House, whose plans to fill Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat depended in part on whether there would be a second vacancy.
Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
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