Sheila Abdus-Salaam


Age: 65

pioneering judge and the first black woman appointed to New York state's highest court who graduated from Barnard College and earned her law degree from Columbia Law School, who started her career as a staff attorney for East Brooklyn Legal Services and was a judge in Manhattan state Supreme Court for 14 years.

Cause of Death: Apparent suicide by drowning

Born: March 14, 1952

Died: April 12, 2017

New York City, New York