Hillary Clinton, Felicity Jones, Barack Obama Remember "Scholar and Patriot" Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The Supreme Court justice died Friday at age 87.

After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death came as a shock to many on Friday, Hollywood social media users quickly began paying tribute to her life and legacy.

The justice died at age 87 in her home in Washington, D.C. of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer for which she had been undergoing chemotherapy. Ginsburg, who was a leader of the Supreme Court's left-leaning contingent, has struggled with cancer five times since 1999. Her death leaves the court with one less judge to uphold liberal prior judgments; before her death, Chief Justice John Roberts held a controlling vote and occasionally sided with liberals to uphold prior rulings.

In recent years she has become a cultural icon, earning the nickname "Notorious RBG" and being portrayed in the 2018 documentary RBG and in the 2018 biopic On the Basis of Sex by Felicity Jones.

Jones said in a statement, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave us hope, a public figure who stood for integrity and justice- a responsibility she did not wear lightly. She will be missed not only as a beacon of light in these difficult times but for her razor sharp wit and extraordinary humanity. She taught us all so much. I will miss her deeply."

On The Basis of Sex director Mimi Leder also shared her thoughts on Ginsburg's passing, writing on Instagram: "RBG I will never forget you. Thank you for profoundly changing the world with your fiercely brilliant powerful mind, heart and soul! Your courage and bravery paved the way for us all. We will continue the fight in your name. Warrior!!! Rest in Peace and Power my dear friend Madam Justice."

Justin Theroux, who starred in the film, wrote on Instagram, "I am heartbroken. I have no words for the hole that has just been blown through us. Thank you for your service Justice Ginsburg. We’ll miss you RBG. I love you Ruth."

Co-star Kathy Bates wrote, "RBG 'Now she belongs to the Ages.' Stunned. Heart broken and very afraid. We must take up her mantle."

"WHAT A LOSS," RBG co-director Julie Cohen tweeted on Friday. Cohen and Betsy West, co-directors on the film, added in a statement, "Like so many Americans, we are crushed by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Even had she not become a Supreme Court Justice, Ginsburg earned a place in history for what she did to win equality for American women. When we asked her several years ago how she wanted to be remembered, she said with characteristic modesty, 'Just as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to be for my children and grandchildren.'"

Kate McKinnon expressed the "profound joy" she felt to play Ginsburg on Saturday Night Live. "For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again. Playing her on SNL was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her. It was one of the great honors of my life to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand, and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country."

Participant, who produced the documentary RBG, tweeted, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer, a hero. She used her instrument— the law— to fight for every person’s rights to be valued. Her wisdom shaped our justice system and she lived a life dedicated to equal dignity and freedom for all. We will continue to fight in her honor. #RIPRBG."

Elizabeth Warren tweeted, "Ruthie was my friend and I will miss her terribly. The t-shirts simply labeled “RBG” made her notorious. But it was her wit, her tenaciousness, and her skill as a jurist that made her an icon." She continued to pay tribute to Ginsburg in a lengthy thread, highlighting her "groundbreaking work as a legal advocate for women."

Barack Obama also shared a tribute to Ginsburg, writing on social media that she "fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored." He shared a longer statement on Medium.

In his own statement on Friday, Motion Picture Association chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin said, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg exemplified the best in America. In her life and her career, she was a champion for equality, a fierce defender of free speech, and a passionate supporter of the arts. Justice Ginsburg was also a towering figure in the world of copyright, where she authored important and eloquent opinions championing the rights of creators. Her copyright legacy lives on through her wonderful daughter Jane, one of the world’s leading intellectual property scholars."

Rivkin added, "Most notably, Justice Ginsburg proved the power of the dissenting voice. It has and will continue to inspire countless storytellers. And, while her life has been celebrated on screen in films like RBG and On the Basis of Sex, her true legacy is inspiring all creators to tell their own stories. The world lost a true icon and an unparalleled leader tonight."

Journalist Dan Rather added in his post, "The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves a hole in a nation already reeling. She is an American hero, in every sense. We can honor her by joining to carry forth her legacy of equality, empathy, and justice."

Producer and actress Mindy Kaling called Ginsburg "the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids." She added, "I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world."

Andrew Cuomo tweeted on Saturday that New York State will honor Ginsburg with a statue in her birthplace of Brooklyn. "This statue will serve as a physical reminder of Justice Ginsburg's monumental contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for all," wrote the Governor.