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Former NFL Star Acquitted Of Murder Was 76



LOVELOCK, NV - JULY 20: O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017 in Lovelock, Nevada. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. (Photo by Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images)

O.J. Simpson, the previous champion soccer operating back-turned-actor who was acquitted in a sensational trial of costs that he murdered his ex-wife and her pal, has died of most cancers, his household confirmed. He was 76 and died Wednesday at his house in Las Vegas.

His household took to his official X account to write, “On April tenth, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with most cancers. He was surrounded by his kids and grandchildren. Throughout this time of transition, his household asks that you simply please respect their needs for privateness and charm.”

Although Simpson was not discovered responsible of the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, three years after his felony trial he was discovered liable in a civil swimsuit introduced by the victims’ households.

Born Orenthal James Simpson in San Francisco, he gained the Heisman Trophy whereas at USC, then set information whereas enjoying skilled soccer for the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Payments.

He began appearing whereas nonetheless at USC, and appeared on “Medical Heart” earlier than going professional as a soccer participant. He appeared in movies similar to “The Klansman,” “The Cassandra Crossing” and “The Towering Inferno,” in addition to the miniseries “Roots,” whereas nonetheless within the NFL.

After retiring from soccer, he starred in three “Bare Gun” motion pictures and the comedy “Again to the Seaside.” He had accomplished a two-hour lengthy pilot for the journey collection “Frogmen” when his arrest introduced the venture for NBC to an abrupt halt.

On June 12, 1994, his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her pal Ronald Goldman have been discovered murdered exterior her Brentwood apartment. Simpson, who had pleaded no contest to a home violence cost towards Nicole Brown Simpson once they have been married, was thought-about an individual of curiosity within the killings and costs have been filed towards him. As an alternative of turning himself in, a media spectacle erupted when he tried to flee in his white Ford Bronco and the police adopted in a slow-speed chase. The televised chase on June 17 drew an viewers of some 95 million folks.

The following trial grew to become a media circus and Simpson was discovered not responsible for the 2 murders. However in 1997, Goldman’s household introduced a civil swimsuit towards Simpson, and he was discovered responsible for wrongful dying and battery towards Goldman and battery towards Nicole Brown Simpson. He was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages.

He later served virtually 9 years in jail for theft, kidnapping and different counts in a Las Vegas sports activities memorabilia scheme, and was launched in 2017.

Hollywood movies and docuseries, like Fox’s “The O.J. Simpson Story” (1995), CBS’ “American Tragedy” (2000), Investigation Discovery’s “OJ: Trial of the Century” (2014), the Oscar-winning “O.J.: Made in America” (2016) and FX’s “The Folks v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (2016) starring Cuba Gooding Jr., have chronicled the notorious trial. Sacha Baron Cohen, whereas disguised in-character for his 2018 Showtime collection “Who Is America?”, tried to get a confession out of Simpson in an ungainly, but memorable, interview. In 2021, Simpson was launched early from parole for good habits.

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