Medical examiner: Judge Abdus-Salaam died by suicide

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City medical examiner has concluded that a prominent judge found dead in the Hudson River committed suicide by drowning.

The medical examiner's office issued the findings Wednesday in the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam.

A police harbor unit recovered her body in April after she was reported missing.

Abdus-Salaam, 65, was the first black woman on New York state's highest court.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appointed Abdus-Salaam to the state's Court of Appeals in 2013, called her a "trailblazing jurist" whose legacy "will be felt for years to come."

Abdus-Salaam graduated from Barnard College and Columbia Law School.

She started her career as a staff attorney for East Brooklyn Legal Services. She served as a judge on the Manhattan state Supreme Court for 14 years.

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