The 65-year-old Abdus-Salaam was the first female Muslim judge in the country. Her body was found floating by the shore near West 132nd Street in Upper Manhattan, police said.
Police took her body to a pier on the Hudson River where she was pronounced dead. Abdus-Salaam’s husband, Gregory Jacobs, identified her. The couple lived in Harlem.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo nominated Abdus-Salaam to the Court of Appeals on April 5, 2013. She was one of seven judges on the court.
The New York Daily News reported that Abdus Salaam struggled with depression, according to a police source. There are reports her father and brother committed suicide.