The death of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks is being called "natural in manner," by the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office.

Crooks, 77, considered a peacemaker on the state's highest court, died in his chambers on Monday afternoon, just days after announcing he planned to retire. The Medical Examiner's Office released the cause of death Tuesday saying Crooks, who lived in Monona, died of natural causes and was pronounced dead in the State Capitol at 3:44 p.m. No autopsy was conducted, said Barry Irmen, director of operations for the Medical Examiner's Office.

Crooks was born in Green Bay in 1938 and first elected to the Supreme Court in 1996 after serving 19 years as a Brown County judge. According to the court's biography of Crooks, five of his six children are lawyers.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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Barry Adams covers regional and business news for the Wisconsin State Journal.