Edith Windsor


Age: 88

gay rights pioneer who brought a U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down parts of a federal law that banned same-sex marriage and led to federal recognition for gay spouses, who sued the federal government saying its definition of marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman prevented her from getting a marital deduction when she inherited her spouse's estate after the death of her first wife in 2009, but the case led to a Supreme Court decision in her favor and the eventual legalization of same-sex marriage.

Cause of Death: Complications from a heart disease

Born: June 20, 1929

Died: September 12, 2017

New York City, New York