Court spokeswoman Beth Riggert announced Tuesday morning that 69-year-old Judge Richard B. Teitelman died, but provided no other details.
Teitelman had served on the court since March 2002 and was chief justice from July 2011 through June 2013. Before joining the Supreme Court he served on the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District for four years.
The court cancelled oral arguments scheduled for Tuesday. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Under Missouri's nonpartisan court plan, a special panel will screen applicants for Teitelman's replacement and nominate three candidates to the governor, who then will make an appointment.
Missouri Bar President Dana Tippin Cutler sent this statement about Teitelman’s Death, "On behalf of the officers and members of The Missouri Bar, we offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Richard Teitelman. We join with the Court in recognizing his 18 years of service to the people of Missouri as an appellate judge and his career-long dedication to making sure all Missourians, regardless of their income, have equal access to justice in Missouri.”