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Actor O.J. Simpson, who was accused of killing his wife and her friend, has died: this is one of the most high-profile cases in the United States

О. J. Simpson has died

On April 10, the famous American actor and former athlete O.J. Simpson passed away. He was 76 years old. Despite a brilliant football career and a fairly impressive filmography, the star's greatest fame came from the high-profile story of the murder of his wife and her friend. Simpson was one of the main suspects.

The actor reportedly died after an unsuccessful battle with cancer. The Guardian writes about this with reference to the statement of the celebrity's family.

"He was surrounded by children and grandchildren. During this difficult period, his family asks that his privacy be respected," the journalists quoted Simpson's family as saying.

О. J. Simpson began his professional football career in the early 1970s. He played for two clubs in the National Football League: "Buffalo Bills and San Francisco Forty Niners. Simpson became one of the most successful running backs in NFL history. During his career, he set many records, and won many awards, including the Most Valuable Player of the Year and the Best Offensive Player.

After his sports career, Simpson tried himself in a completely new role – acting.

Actor O.J. Simpson, who was accused of killing his wife and her friend, has died: this is one of the most high-profile cases in the United States

However, in the mid-1990s, the former American football and movie star's name became associated exclusively with the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown, as well as Ron Goldman, a witness to the incident and Nicole's friend. This case is still considered one of the most notorious in US history. And all because the jury found Simpson not guilty, although all the evidence pointed to the opposite.

Actor O.J. Simpson, who was accused of killing his wife and her friend, has died: this is one of the most high-profile cases in the United States

Later, the athlete-actor was ordered to pay $33.5 million to the relatives of the victims, who filed a civil lawsuit against him. Simpson continued to insist on his innocence.

After that, the star was repeatedly arrested for petty crimes. In 2008, he was even sentenced to prison for armed robbery. He was released after 9 years.

Actor O.J. Simpson, who was accused of killing his wife and her friend, has died: this is one of the most high-profile cases in the United States

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