Antonin Scalia suffered from many health problems

In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. White House lawyers are scouring a life's worth of information about President Barack Obama’s potential picks for the Supreme Court, ranging from the mundane to the intensely personal. In replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the president could alter the balance of the court for decades, but only if he can get his nominee through Republicans in the Senate. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

DALLAS (AP) — A letter from the Supreme Court’s doctor says Antonin Scalia suffered from coronary artery disease, obesity and diabetes, among other ailments that probably contributed to the justice’s sudden death.

Presidio County District Attorney Rod Ponton cited the letter Tuesday, when he told The Associated Press there was nothing suspicious about the Feb. 13 death of the 79-year-old jurist. He said the long list of health problems made an autopsy unnecessary.

Ponton had a copy of a letter from Rear Adm. Brian P. Monahan, the attending physician for members of Congress and the Supreme Court.

The letter was to county Judge Cinderela Guevara, who conducted a death inquiry by phone and certified Scalia’s death. Scalia’s body was returned the next day to Virginia.

 

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