Ruth Bader Ginsburg's final weeks have been described by friends and relatives, who told of her remarkable vigor, and their shock at her death on Friday.

Ginsburg, who died at the age of 87, was still seeing family, exercising, listening to opera and working right up until her death. 

She even officiated at a wedding.

Those who had been in touch with Ginsburg or her staff recently said she seemed to be coping with treatment for cancer and also making plans for events months away.  

Mary Hartnett, one of her two authorized biographers, visited Ginsburg in mid-August at her longtime home in the Watergate apartment complex next to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. 

She told AP that Ginsburg was 'plowing ahead' despite a cancer recurrence.

'She was trying very hard to treat this, and essentially her body just gave out,' Hartnett said.

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