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NFL Hall of Famer & Hollywood Actor OJ Simpson Dead at 76 Following a Quiet Battle with Cancer
Thursday, Apr 11, 2024

The world is in shock following the death of NFL Hall 0f Famer OJ Simpson who died yesterday at 76 following a battle with prostate cancer, his family shared on X. OJ passed away in Las Vegas while surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Prior to his infamous murder case in ’94 which put him on trial for the slaying of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman and an unforgettable car chase in a white Ford Bronco, OJ, born Orenthal James Simpson, was an All-American star with a successful career as an NFL running back for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, following his Heisman trophy win at the University of Southern California.

Post his football career, OJ, a household name, became a Hollywood actor and was best known for his role in the The Naked Gun franchise. Director James Cameron also considered casting OJ as The Terminator (1984), which ultimately went to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

However, OJ’s success was eclipsed by the 1994 controversial double murder he was acquitted of in 1995’s “Trial of the Century,” with the help of his infamous defense lawyer, Johnny Cochran, who died in 2005. In 1997, a civil trial pursued by the Goldman family deemed OJ responsible for the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson, and he was ordered to pay  $33.5 million in restitution.

Trouble continued to follow OJ as he was later found guilty of an armed robbery in Vegas where he tried to “reclaim” his sports memorabilia at gunpoint, resulting in a 9-year prison sentence.

OJ was paroled in 2017 and has lived a pretty quiet life since besides his controversial popculture hottakes on X, formerly known as Twitter.

We send our condolences to the Simpson family.

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