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O.J. Simpson Dead at the Age of 76

Written by on April 11, 2024

O.J. Simpson, born on July 9, 1947, in San Francisco, California, was an American collegiate and professional football player. He gained fame as a premier running back known for his speed and elusiveness. However, his legacy is intertwined with a highly publicized criminal trial that captivated the nation.

In 1995, O.J. Simpson faced charges related to the brutal killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The trial became one of the most celebrated criminal cases in American history. Simpson assembled a formidable legal team, including civil rights attorney Johnnie Cochran, defense attorneys F. Lee Bailey and Alan Dershowitz, and DNA expert Barry Scheck. His friend, Robert Kardashian, father of the Kardashian sisters, was also part of the team.

The prosecution, led by attorneys Marcia Clark and Chris Darden, focused on the timeline, domestic abuse, and DNA evidence found at the crime scene. The infamous bloody glove played a pivotal role during the trial. Simpson struggled to put on the gloves in front of the jurors, leading to the memorable line from Cochran: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

The trial lasted over eight months, captivating tens of millions of viewers who tuned in at home and work. On October 3, 1995, as the verdict was read, Cochran’s triumphant “Yes!” contrasted with Kardashian’s stunned expression. Simpson, finally breaking into a smile, mouthed “thank you” to the jury upon hearing the “not guilty” verdict4.

Despite his athletic achievements and fame, O.J. Simpson’s legacy remains one of cynicism and controversy. His life was marked by hubris and moral emptiness, even before prostate cancer officially ended it at the age of 762. The man who once captured the world’s attention on the football field will forever be associated with the events surrounding that fateful trial.


1. Live updates: O.J. Simpson’s cause of death and other news – CNN

2. The legacy of OJ Simpson is cynicism that left many victims in his twisted wake | Opinion

3. OJ Simpson dies after prostate cancer diagnosis: What to know about PSA screening

4. Kato Kaelin, Goldman family, former lawyers react to OJ Simpson’s death

5. O.J. Simpson | Biography, Trial, & Facts | Britannica


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