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Antonin Scalia's Son Calls Conspiracy Theories About Father's Death A 'Hurtful Distraction'

"It’s, I think, a distraction from a great man and his legacy."

The son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday called conspiracy theories surrounding his father's death "hurtful distractions."

Appearing on "The Laura Ingraham Show," Eugene Scalia said his family had "no doubt" the associate justice had died of natural causes.

"It’s, I think, a distraction from a great man and his legacy at a time when there’s so much to be said about that and to help people even more fully appreciate that. And, on a personal level, I think it’s a bit of a hurtful distraction for a family that’s mourning," he said.

The U.S. Marshals Service has said no foul play is suspected in Scalia's death, but that hasn't given conspiracy theorists one bit of pause. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised questions about Scalia's death on Tuesday, noting that it was "unusual" Scalia was found dead with a pillow over his face.

A Texas judge officially pronounced Scalia dead without seeing his body after performing an inquest by telephone, something permitted by state law. The decision not to conduct an autopsy -- a procedure Scalia's family said was unnecessary -- has raised the eyebrows of law enforcement officials not affiliated with the case.

Scalia will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Friday, and a funeral will be held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

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