Former NFL player O.J. Simpson has died at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer

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O.J. Simpson — one of the most infamous high-profile Americans of all time — is dead after a cancer battle.

The former NFL star, who once faced trial for the double-murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in the ’90s, has passed away in Las Vegas.

His family confirmed his death saying: “On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace. -The Simpson Family”

Simpson’s attorney also confirmed his death to TMZ.

In February, news of O.J. Simpson’s cancer diagnosis began circulating after a local outlet reported it. However, the details remained somewhat unclear…as was O.J.’s response to the news at the time, when he denied he was in hospice, but didn’t address the cancer report.

Adding to the intrigue, O.J. hinted at a cancer diagnosis in a 2023 video he shared on X. In that video, he mentioned having “caught” a form of cancer but indicated that he had overcome it. Unfortunately, fate took a different turn, and about a year later, the cancer resurfaced, ultimately claiming his life.

In the months leading up to his passing, O.J. appeared frail and weakened. In January, during an outing, he was observed using a cane .

In his final public video appearance, O.J. discussed Super Bowl LVIII, expressing his support for his former team, the San Francisco 49ers. His demeanor appeared upbeat as he sat in the backyard of a home, sharing his thoughts.

O.J. Simpson’s life was marked by a multitude of events, both positive and negative, particularly during his post-football years. However, before that phase, he stood as a cherished all-American hero on the football field—a Heisman winner from USC and a Buffalo Bills legend.

Even beyond football, O.J. remained a prominent figure in Hollywood. He graced the screens in numerous movies and TV shows, and his association with Hertz as their iconic spokesperson endured for many years.

Of course … all of that goodwill left in the 1990s,… when he faced accusations of heinous murders.

His passing now marks the conclusion of a multi-decade saga filled with crime and intrigue, reaching its zenith after the brutal killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994. The aftermath of these events became known as the Trial of the Century, captivating the nation as O.J. faced prosecution on live television.

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Even before his apprehension by the police for questioning immediately following the murders, O.J. embarked on a low-speed chase in his Ford Bronco along the L.A. freeways. This gripping moment was broadcast nationally and remains one of the most dramatic and widely shared experiences in modern American history.

After his apprehension, a case began to take shape with O.J. Simpson as the primary suspect. Prosecutors eventually charged him, alleging that he carried out the horrific stabbing deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman at her Brentwood home on June 12, 1994.

O.J. assembled a formidable defense team, often referred to as the “dream team”. Led by the late Johnnie Cochran, this legal powerhouse meticulously dissected the State’s case.

During the trial, Cochran seized upon a crucial element: LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman’s history of making racist remarks. O.J.’s defense team suggested that this tainted background could have influenced Fuhrman’s actions, including the possibility of planting the bloody glove found at Simpson’s residence.

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Indeed, another pivotal moment unfolded during the trial when O.J.’s legal team requested that he try on the gloves in court for the jury. Unfortunately, they did not fit him perfectly.

This led to Johnnie Cochran’s memorable closing argument: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” The jury ultimately embraced this defense strategy.

To the astonishment of much of the nation, O.J. was acquitted of the murder charges. However, shortly thereafter, he faced a civil lawsuit filed by the Goldmans and the Browns for wrongful death. The case unfolded in Santa Monica, where a jury held him liable for the deaths of Nicole and Ron. The verdict compelled him to pay tens of millions in damages.

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Despite relentless pursuit by the families seeking financial compensation, O.J. Simpson managed to largely evade payment of the judgment. Eventually, he fled Los Angeles and settled in Las Vegas, where a fresh set of legal troubles awaited him. These included tax issues and, eventually, yet another criminal case.

Subsequently, O.J. faced arrest, charges, and prosecution, culminating in convictions on all counts. He spent a considerable time behind bars until his release on parole in 2017.

Upon leaving prison, O.J. found solace in Sin City, leading a relatively private and tranquil life away from the public spotlight. However, he remained active on social media, frequently sharing his opinions on sports, politics, and other topics via Twitter and other platforms.

In 2007, he faced accusations of forcibly entering a Vegas hotel room in an attempt to reclaim sports memorabilia he believed had been stolen from him. The incident involved a confrontation with the new owner, accompanied by a group of associates armed with weapons, as alleged by prosecutors.

By then, O.J.’s reputation lay in ruins. Many believed he had effectively confessed to the 1994 murders in a book and subsequent interviews, albeit framing it as a “hypothetical” scenario. His tumultuous journey over the years had taken its toll.

Yet, even after his prison release, O.J. continued to be approached by numerous fans, often posing for photographs. He also retained the support of some family members, including his children.

At the age of 76, O.J. Simpson’s complex and controversial life came to an end. 

About Post Author

Danny Freeman

Danny Freeman is a correspondent for usnewsdaily , based in Philadelphia. The Emmy Award-winning reporter joined usnewsdaily in 2023 from NBC10 in Philadelphia.While at NBC10, Freeman worked as an Investigative Reporter focused on campaign finance, environmental issues, and police accountability.Freeman returned to the East Coast after working as a political reporter for NBC 7 in San Diego, where he hosted “Politically Speaking,” the station’s weekly public affairs show. Prior to that, he was a reporter at KGET-17 News, the NBC affiliate in Bakersfield, California.
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