Supreme Court Justice Dies

Oklahoma City, OK –

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Court officials say Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Marian Opala has died at age 89.

An official with the Oklahoma Administrative Office of the Courts says Opala died about 1:30 a.m. Monday at an Oklahoma City hospital after suffering a stroke over the weekend.

Deputy Administrator Mike Mayberry says Opala was discovered unconscious at his Warr Acres home on Saturday by police after he didn't respond to telephone calls and knocks at his door. He underwent surgery on Sunday.

The vacancy left by Opala's death will provide outgoing Gov. Brad Henry a fifth appointment to the nine-member court.

Then-Gov. David Boren appointed Opala to the state Supreme Court in November 1978.

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