By Staff

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Sarah Weddington, a Texas lawyer who at 26-years-old successfully argued the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade before the US Supreme Court, has died. She was 76.

Sarah Weddington on May 10, 1975. (Credit: Denver Post/Getty Images)

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Weddington’s former student and colleague Susan Hays said she died in her sleep early Sunday morning at her Austin home.

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Hays told The Associated Press that Weddington had been in poor health for some time and it was not immediately clear what caused her death.

Weddington was also a state lawmaker, general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an advisor to President Jimmy Carter.

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