WASHINGTON (CNN) – John J. O'Connor III, the husband of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, died Wednesday, a statement from the court said. He was 79 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
O'Connor died in Phoenix, Arizona, the court said. He was at an assisted living facility there.
Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate conservative and the first woman to serve on the high court, retired in early 2006, saying she needed to spend more time with her husband, who was then in the early stages of his disease.