Prominent tax lawyer and professor Martin Ginsburg, husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for 56 years, died Sunday at their home in Washington, D.C. Martin Ginsburg, who was 78, died from complications of metastatic cancer, according to an announcement from the Court’s public information office. Ginsburg was a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and was of counsel to the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Ginsburg played an important role in the life of the Court, according to stories told by the justice. She described her husband as a “master chef” who often baked for the justices’ birthday luncheons or cooked for other justices’ gatherings.

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