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Former NFL player and criminal O.J. Simpson has passed away

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Pro Football Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson has passed away. He was 76.

An official cause of death has not been revealed yet. However, according to his family in a social media post, he had been battling cancer before his death.

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He began undergoing treatment for prostate cancer in February.

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“On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer,” The Simpson family said on X, formerly Twitter. “He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace.”

Simpson had a historic pro football career. However, his post-football life has been marred by crime.

He was the person of interest in the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in the 1990s. Simpson was later acquitted. He was found liable in a wrongful death lawsuit and battery on both Goldman and his ex-wife in 1997. 

In September 2007, he was part of a group that robbed a room at a Palace Station hotel and casino to take back sports memorabilia at gunpoint. He was later arrested for the crime after initially being questioned.

After serving nearly nine years in prison, he was released on October 1st, 2017. Then, in December 2021, he was released from his parole responsibilities.

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Simpson played 11 seasons in the NFL. He played nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills and two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers between 1969 through 1979.

As a player, he was a six-time Pro Bowler and a five-time All-Pro. He was the 1973 Associated Press MVP.

He rushed for a career-high 2,003 yards during the 1973 season. From 1972 through 1976, he surpassed 1,200 yards each season.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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