Since his death, many theories have sprung up around a statement made by the owner of the ranch where he died and the fact that there was no autopsy. We’ve also learned since, however, that Justice Scalia, no longer a young man, had myriad health problems including heart disease.
His son, Eugene Scalia, 52, said the theories, which he hasn’t followed, are a “distraction from a great man” and on a “personal level it’s a hurtful distraction for a family that’s in mourning.”
He is adamant that his father died of natural causes. They refused the autopsy because they were so certain of that.
“Our family just has no doubt that he was taken from us by natural causes,” Eugene Scalia said on the Laura Ingraham radio show on Wednesday.
“We accept that. We’re praying for him. We ask others to accept that and pray for him.”
“My father, he was like a force of nature,” he said. “He seemed sort of a permanent institution. But he’d have been the first to tell you — the first — that, you know, we’re from dust, we return to dust. Your life can be taken from you at any instant. He was a month shy of 80 years old. He led this incredibly full and active life. But I knew, and he knew, that he was in a place in life where he could be taken from this world at any time, and that’s what happened last week.”