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11/11/2009

The man behind Sandra Day O'Connor

November 11, 2009 | 10:21 am

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John J. O'Connor, husband of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, died at age 79 today of complications arising from Alzheimer's disease, the court said in a statement.

John O'Connor, a lawyer who practiced at firms in Phoenix and Washington, had been suffering from the disease for years. His deteriorating condition was the primary reason for Sandra Day O'Connor's 2006 retirement from the court.

O'Connor is survived by his wife, three sons and six grandchildren.

-- Bloomberg

Update: Click here for the obituary written by Valerie J. Nelson.

Photo: Sandra Day O'Connor with her husband, John J. O'Connor, in 1998. Credit: Karin Cooper / Getty Images

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