Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Leander J. Shaw Jr., the first African-American to serve as chief justice, died Monday at 85 after a long illness, the court announced.

Shaw was on the high court bench from 1983 to 2003 and served as chief justice from 1990 to 1992. He was one of just 14 black state Supreme Court justices in the U.S. when he became chief justice.

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