O.J. Simpson Dead at 76

O.J. Simpson has died at the age of 76 following a battle with prostate cancer.

According to a statement released by his family, Simpson passed away on Wednesday, April 10th, “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 family’s statement added.

Simpson’s career as a star football player and Hollywood actor was overshadowed in 1994 when he was arrested and charged with the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Though Simpson was acquitted in the criminal trial, he was found liable for their deaths in a civil suit. Simpson was arrested again in 2008 after he broke into a hotel room and stole sports memorabilia at gunpoint. He was subsequently convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping and was sentenced to 33 years in federal prison. He was granted an early release from his parole in 2021.

Simpson, a running back, played college football at USC and won the Heisman Trophy in 1968. He then played 11 seasons in the NFL, primarily with the Buffalo Bills. He won the NFL MVP in 1973, and was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Simpson began acting while at USC and continued to take on roles throughout his NFL career. He notably appeared on the television miniseries Roots, as well as in films The Klansman, The Towering Inferno, and Capricorn One. Following his retirement from the NFL, he starred opposite Leslie Nielsen in The Naked Gun franchise.