ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork has died at a hospital in Arlington, Va., of heart disease, his family told several news organizations. He was 85.
Bork died early Wednesday morning after a history of heart problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung condition, FoxNews.com reported. The report said a funeral is planned for Saturday.
President Ronald Reagan nominated Bork to the high court in 1987, but he went down on a 58-42 vote in the U.S. Senate. Fox said the defeat was one of the widest margins in U.S. history.
"Borked" became a word to symbolize a massive political attack against a judicial nominee.
Then Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who was a student of Bork's at Yale Law School and later U.S. president, was one of those who testified against him in the Senate, The Washington Post reported.