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O.J. Simpson Dies at Age 76

Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File

The death of former football star, O.J. Simpson was announced via social media by his family. On April 10, he unfortunately succumbed to prostate cancer. In his final moments, he was said to be surrounded by his family and grandkids. 

Orenthal James, “O.J.” Simpson, who is known for being acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife and her friend in 1994, has died at the age of 76. The cause of death being cancer, was not immediately released as a number of issues has contributed to his decline in health.

Christine Aguirre, a pre-registered nurse at Northside Hospital said, “It’s common in Black men dying of prostate cancer, so it isn’t shocking to hear he died of this.”

Simpson rose to fame as the star player of the Buffalo Bills in 1979, becoming one of the greatest running backs in the National Football Leagues history. However, after accusations of him killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman arose, his reputation was permanently damaged.

He was found not guilty of these accusations in a criminal trial, but the civil trial concluded that he willingly and wrongfully caused their deaths. He was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the families of the victims. In 2006, Simpson released a book called, “If I Did It”, which had the audience questioning whether he was trying to profit off his crimes or not.

Avery Sinclair, a social media user, said “I think he’s crazy for coming out with a book like that. When more is spoken on a matter, the more guilty a person looks.”

However, the Goldman family was able to obtain rights to the book after he failed to pay the money he was ordered to pay.

Simpson attempted to rebuild his life, but it was quickly derailed when he went to prison for kidnapping and armed robbery charges in 2007. 

“His actions a year later can be found amusing if you think about it. He came out with a whole book trying to prove how he didn’t do it, then proceeded to go to jail on other charges.” – Avery Sinclair, Social Media User

Sinclair thinks that Simpson must’ve lived off impulse decisions. 

Because of his record, there are those who believe his death was a good thing. Celebrity Caitlyn Jenner came to X, formerly known as Twitter, and spoke on his death. 

In terms of his assets, his attorney Malcolm LaVergne said, “It’s my hope that the Goldmans get zero, nothing.” He will do everything in his power to make sure they won’t get anything from Simpson.

Friday’s court filings revealed Simpson’s final will, which named LaVergne as the estate’s administrator. 

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Trinity Cromwell, Staff Editor
Trinity is a Senior Staff Editor for the Vanguard. She is a Senior Communications major with a concentration in Multimedia Journalism. Celebrity drama is her favorite genre to read about. When it comes to her writing, she loves to investigate topics that pique her interest. If you have a story you want to see published, send her an email! She wants to make sure our students and staff's ideas are heard.
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