The jurist courted controversy through his pointed rulings opposing gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, affirmative action and other liberal causes during his nearly 30-year tenure on the high court.
Politicians, pundits, comedians and regular fans and foes of the conservative firebrand took to Twitter with their thoughts on the news, which is sure to shake up the 2016 presidential election.
Here is a sampling of the most notable responses so far.
Good timing. RIP Scalia.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) February 13, 2016
It is not polite to talk ill of the dead. Even a racist. #Scalia
— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) February 13, 2016
Well, everything may just have changed in this election. Shocking news indeed. #Scalia
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 13, 2016
I did not always agree with Justice #Scalia but I always enjoyed his company. Condolences to his wife & family.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 13, 2016
I will not at all be surprised when the coroner confirms the cause of death as marriage equality. #Scalia
— Drew Emery (@InlawsOutlaws) February 14, 2016
And I thought I had good timing. #Scalia
— Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) February 13, 2016
#Scalia was a great American. If you hate him because you disagree with him, perhaps you should ask Bader Ginsberg why she liked him.
— The West Wing (@thewestwingTV) February 13, 2016
Does the American voter really care/understand importance of the Supreme Court in their daily lives? What decisions affected YOU? #Scalia
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 13, 2016
My interactions with #Scalia were brief but he always stopped to offer me panda meat jerky on his way to hit gay people with croquet mallets
— Dan Ewen (@VaguelyFunnyDan) February 14, 2016
Unlike most Republican appointees to the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia didn't "grow" once he put on his black robe. Thank God.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 14, 2016
Anti gay quotes abound in this link: Scalia, one of the most antigay justices, was found dead at a Texas resort. https://t.co/LdM8p3Me6A
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) February 14, 2016
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) February 14, 2016
“I don’t like bearded, sandal-wearing people" – justice #scalia . If I owned a pair of sandals I'd wear them tonight in honor of his passing
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) February 14, 2016