UPDATE: WI Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks dies at State Capitol Monday
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks has died in the state Capitol.
Chief Justice Patience Roggensack announced that the 77-year-old Crooks died on Monday in his chambers.
Crooks announced last week that he wouldn't run for a third 10-year term on the high court and instead planned to retire when his current term ended in July.
Roggensack called Crooks an "outstanding jurist, a thoughtful decision-maker and a colleague with a wonderful Irish sense of humor." Gov. Scott Walker also offered condolences to Crooks' family ahead of a news conference to announce his departure from the presidential race.
Walker has the power to appoint someone to fill Crooks' seat ahead of the election. Walker's spokeswoman said Monday the governor would decide what to do at a more appropriate time.
MADISON (WKOW) -- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks died Monday at the court.
Last week, 77-year-old Crooks announced he would not seek re-election at the end of his term next year.
The paper also reports Crooks did not appear in person for oral arguments before the court Friday, however did listen on Wisconsin Eye and participated in votes, Chief Justice Patience Roggensack said then.