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O.J. Simpson, the former American football player famously acquitted of his wife’s murder, has passed away at the age of 76.

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O.J. Simpson, the former National Football League (NFL) star famously acquitted of the murder of his wife and her friend, has passed away after battling cancer, as announced by his family on his social media account.

According to the statement posted on his X account, Simpson died on Wednesday while surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Following what was dubbed as the “trial of the century,” Simpson was acquitted by a Los Angeles jury of the death of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles in 1994.

Renowned as one of the most celebrated athletes of the 1960s and 1970s, Simpson faced legal troubles later in life. In 2008, he was convicted on 12 counts of armed robbery and kidnapping related to an incident involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel. He served nine years in prison in Nevada as a result.

Affectionately known as “The Juice,” Simpson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985 after a remarkable career in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.

Simpson also ventured into sports broadcasting and acting before facing allegations of his wife and her friend’s murder in 1994.

The tragic deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, who were found stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home on June 12, 1994, led to a widely publicized police pursuit involving Simpson in his white Ford Bronco. The ensuing trial spanned 11 months and captured the nation’s attention, with even then-president Bill Clinton pausing his duties to watch the verdict on television.

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