Good Morning, Buffalo: O.J. Simpson, former Bills star running back later acquitted of murder, dead at age 76 (2024)

April 12, 2024

Good Morning, Buffalo: O.J. Simpson, former Bills star running back later acquitted of murder, dead at age 76 (1)

O.J. Simpson, former Bills star running back later acquitted of murder, dead at age 76

O.J. Simpson, the former Buffalo Bills running back who had a Pro Football Hall of Fame career, but later became one of the nation’s most controversial figures, died Wednesday, his family announced. He was 76.

“On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. 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,” the Simpson family announced in a statement that was published Thursday morning on his verified social media account.

Simpson was reportedly battling prostate cancer. A report in February from a Las Vegas television station indicated that he had entered hospice care, but Simpson denied that at the time.

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Simpson spent most of his 11-year career in the NFL with the Bills and is considered one of the greatest running backs of all time. His name is in gold on the Buffalo Bills’ Wall of Fame.

“O.J. Simpson was the first player to reach a rushing mark many thought could not be attained in a 14-game season when he topped 2,000 yards,” Pro Football Hall of Fame President Jim Porter said in a statement. “His on-field contributions will be preserved in the Hall’s archives in Canton, Ohio.”

His celebrated playing career, however, largely became overshadowed after he was arrested for the June 1994 stabbing deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in Los Angeles.

Simpson was ultimately found not guilty of murder in 1995. Two years later, however, a civil jury found him liable for the deaths of Brown Simpson and Goldman, and Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million to their families.

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Good Morning, Buffalo: O.J. Simpson, former Bills star running back later acquitted of murder, dead at age 76 (2024)

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Good Morning, Buffalo: O.J. Simpson, former Bills star running back later acquitted of murder, dead at age 76? ›

Simpson, the former Buffalo Bills running back who had a Pro Football Hall of Fame career, but later became one of the nation's most controversial figures, died Wednesday, his family announced. He was 76. “On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer.

What was Nicole Brown Simpson's cause of death? ›

June 12, 1994

That night, Brown, aged 35, was stabbed to death outside her home, along with Goldman; their bodies were found shortly after midnight. She was lying in the fetal position in a pool of blood.

How much is O.J. Simpson worth? ›

According to a court filing, OJ claimed to have an estimated net worth of $10.8 million and a monthly income of $55,000, per Celebrity Net Worth.

Where is O.J. Simpson's daughter now? ›

Since that time, Sydney Simpson has led a largely private life. She pursued a career in real estate and as of 2016 was living in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times. OJ Simpson mentioned Sydney Simpson and her brother, Justin Simpson, in a 2004 NBC interview with Couric. “They're doing terrific.

Where was O.J. Simpson when he died? ›

O.J. Simpson, who ran to fame on the football field, made fortunes as an all-American in movies, television and advertising, and was acquitted of killing his former wife and her friend in a 1995 trial in Los Angeles that mesmerized the nation, died on Wednesday at his home in Las Vegas.

What was Nicole Brown buried in? ›

Nicole Brown Simpson is buried in Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest, California. She was buried on June 16 1994, four days after she was found stabbed to death.

Is OJ Simpson in airplane? ›

As no-one anywhere needs telling anymore, OJ Simpson has died aged 76. Apart from playing American football and being controversially acquitted of murder (later found liable in a civil suit) he was also an actor in films such as Airplane! and The Naked Gun, made by Jim Abraham and brothers David and Jerry Zucker.

Does O.J. Simpson still owe the Goldman family money? ›

Today, the amount still owed has more than tripled. More than 25 years ago, O.J. Simpson was found liable in civil court for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, her friend, and was ordered to pay more than $33 million to their families. They have yet to recover the damages.

How much money does OJ still owe the Goldmans? ›

Cook told CBS News that Simpson's death was "a death without penance" and the judgment owed to the Goldmans had with interest risen to $114 million.

How much does OJ owe the Brown family? ›

In 1997, a jury in a civil trial found him responsible for "willingly and wrongfully" causing their deaths. It ordered him to pay $33.5 million, which has ballooned to $114 million due to unpaid interest charges, a Goldman family lawyer told People.

Was OJ Still married to Nicole? ›

She and O.J. married in 1985, but their tumultuous and at-times abusive relationship ended in divorce seven years later. In mid-June 1994, 35-year-old Nicole and her 25-year-old friend Ron Goldman were found brutally murdered outside of her Los Angeles home.

Did O.J. Simpson ever remarry? ›

Simpson has now died of cancer at the age of 76. Simpson and Brown Simpson were married for seven years, and before that, Simpson was married to his first wife, Marguerite Whitley, for over a decade. Below, take a look back at Simpson's two marriages, and the highly publicized death of his second wife, Brown Simpson.

Is O.J. Simpson's house still there? ›

Simpson's Brentwood Mansion Was Demolished in 1998: Photos of the Infamous Estate. After the tragic murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, O.J. Simpson's Brentwood mansion was plastered on news and TV screens everywhere.

Does OJ still live in Las Vegas? ›

A Nevada parole board granted him an early release in 2017. While his attorney said Simpson planned to live in Florida once out of prison, he began living in Las Vegas under the terms of his parole and never left the valley.

What happened to O.J. Simpson's kids? ›

The former football star's children have all managed to keep a low profile in the wake of their famous dad's “trial of the century.” As of April 2016, both of O.J.'s youngest, Sydney and Justin, were living quiet lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Did O.J. Simpson win a Super Bowl? ›

It is FALSE. O. J. Simpson played 11 seasons in the NFL, from 1969 to 1979 (for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers), but he never played in a Super Bowl.

How much did OJ pay in child support? ›

Nicole eventually moved out with Justin and Sydney and filed for divorce in February 1992. They settled that October, with O.J. agreeing to pay her a lump sum of $433,750, plus $10,000 a month in child support, and she retained the title of a rental property.

How much is O.J. Simpson worth in 2024? ›

OJ Simpson's net worth was estimated to be around $3 million according to Celebrity Net Worth and, according to TIME magazine, he still owes a lion's share of the $33.5 million judgment a California civil jury awarded to the families of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

How much money did Robert Kardashian make? ›

Robert Kardashian, an attorney and businessman, left behind a net worth of $5 million at the time of his passing, which, adjusted for inflation, amounts to approximately $12 million today. His financial legacy was just one aspect of his multifaceted life and influence on the Kardashian family's trajectory.

How old is O.J. Simpson's wife? ›

Nicole Brown Simpson
Nicole Brown
BornNicole BrownMay 19, 1959 Frankfurt, West Germany
DiedJune 12, 1994 (aged 35) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathMurder by stabbing and slashing
Resting placeAscension Cemetery, Lake Forest, California, US33.6512°N 117.6935°W
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