O.J. Simpson dies aged 76

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Published: 2024-04-11 19:17

Last Updated: 2024-05-19 03:58


O.J. Simpson sizing up the infamous gloves in the courtroom.
O.J. Simpson sizing up the infamous gloves in the courtroom.

O.J. Simpson, star NFL player who was acquitted in “trial of the century” in 1995 has died of cancer at the age of 76, as announced by his family.

"On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer," a message signed by his family on “X” adding that he was surrounded children and grandchildren.

"The Trial of the Century" captivated the world's attention in 1994-1995.

Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in Los Angeles. The trial unfolded against a backdrop of racial tension, celebrity status, and media frenzy.

The prosecution presented a wealth of evidence against Simpson, including DNA evidence, blood stains, and a history of domestic violence. They argued that Simpson's motive for the murders was jealousy and rage.

Simpson’s defense countered with claims of police misconduct, planting of evidence, and a racially biased investigation. Cochran famously urged the jury, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," referring to Simpson trying on a pair of bloody gloves found at the crime scene.

The trial became a cultural phenomenon, with millions of viewers tuning in to watch the proceedings on television. The predominantly African American jury's acquittal of Simpson after less than four hours of deliberation shocked many and sparked widespread debate and controversy.

Despite being acquitted in the criminal trial, Simpson was found liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in a subsequent civil trial. The case remains one of the most notorious and debated trials in legal history, raising questions about the influence of fame, wealth, and race in the American legal system, as well as the role of media in shaping public perception of high-profile cases.

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