POLITICS
03/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Senator Jim Bunning: Justice Ginsburg Will Be Dead In Nine Months

UPDATE: Sen. Bunning has apologized for saying that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will die soon.

"I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsberg [sic]," Bunning said. "That certainly was not my intent. It is great to see her back at the Supreme Court today and I hope she recovers quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family."

U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning predicted over the weekend that Ginsburg would likely be dead from pancreatic cancer within nine months, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported:

During a wide-ranging 30-minute speech on Saturday at the Hardin County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner, Bunning said he supports conservative judges "and that's going to be in place very shortly because Ruth Bader Ginsburg ... has cancer."

"Bad cancer. The kind that you don't get better from," he told a crowd of about 100 at the old State Theater.

"Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after (being diagnosed) with pancreatic cancer," he said.