According to US media reports, New York authorities received an alert at around 1:45 pm Wednesday from someone who had seen a body float on the river in Manhattan.

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Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first US Muslim judge, was found dead Wednesday in the Hudson River in New York. According to US media reports, New York authorities received an alert at about 1:45 pm on Wednesday from someone who had seen a body float on the river in Manhattan.

The 65-year-old judge was still transported to a nearby pier, where she was declared dead after 14:00 local time. Police are investigating the incident at the moment, but so far no evidence of criminality has been found. The body was found dressed and without any signs of trauma.

Abdus-Salaam became the first Muslim and African American judge in the United States in 1994. In 2013, she was appointed to the most important court in the state of New York by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo has already reacted to the death of the judge, recalling Abdus-Salaam as a “pioneer jurist and a force of good”.

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