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Fallen NFL star OJ Simpson dies of cancer at 76

OJ Simpson

Orenthal James Simpson, the former American football icon who became a household name both for his athletic prowess and his controversial acquittal in one of the most infamous criminal trials in American history, has passed away at the age of 76. Simpson, whose trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994 captivated the nation, succumbed to cancer, as confirmed by his family.

“On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren,” according to a statement released by his family on social media platform X; urging the public to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

Simpson’s life mirrored a classic rise-and-fall story. He was a beloved football star, nicknamed “The Juice,” who earned a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He transitioned into acting and endorsements, becoming a familiar and well-liked personality across America.

However, in 1994, the brutal murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman shattered his image. In that year, the bodies of Brown and Goldman were discovered outside her Los Angeles home, brutally murdered. Simpson, who had a history of domestic disturbances with Brown, quickly became the prime suspect in what would become one of the most sensationalized criminal cases in American history. The subsequent trial, often referred to as the “trial of the century,” was marked by high drama, intense media scrutiny, and racial tensions.

Despite the overwhelming public interest and mountains of evidence presented, Simpson was ultimately acquitted of the murders in a verdict that polarized the nation. The trial’s outcome left many questioning the integrity of the criminal justice system and ignited debates about race, celebrity, and the power of wealth and privilege in the courtroom.

Despite the criminal court’s decision, Simpson was found liable in a civil lawsuit and ordered to pay a hefty sum to the victims’ families. In 2008, Simpson found himself back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons when he was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in a botched attempt to reclaim sports memorabilia he claimed was stolen from him. He served nine years of a 33-year sentence before being granted parole in 2017.

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