Judge Richard Teitelman, a leading liberal voice in the Missouri legal community, died Tuesday at age 69.
Details of his death were not immediately available, but his longtime colleague and friend, former Supreme Court Justice Michael Wolff, said Teitelman had been ailing for several years.
Teitelman was Missouri’s first legally blind Supreme Court judge, and he was the first Jewish judge to serve on the state’s high court.
In honor of Teitelman, the court canceled oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday, but will hear arguments as scheduled on Wednesday.
In a statement, Gov. Jay Nixon said, “Missourians have lost a judicial leader who dedicated his life over more than four decades in service to the people of this state and to our legal system, both as a Judge of the Missouri Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals and during a long career with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.”