O.J. Simpson dead at 76, family announces

O.J. Simpson, known for his time as a superstar football player, actor and for his infamous murder trial in the mid 90s, has died, his family announced Thursday.

Simpson, 76, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. His family shared the news on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer,” the post reads. “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 served nine years in a Nevada prison from 2008 to 2017 after he was convicted on charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He was released after being granted parole.

Once a beloved athlete, winning the Heisman Trophy as a running back for the University of Southern California in 1968 and the NFL MVP award with the Buffalo Bills in 1973.

He played 11 years in the NFL for the Bills and San Francisco 49ers and was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

FILE – In this 1977 file photo shows Buffalo Bills NFL Football player O.J. Simpson. (AP Photo, File)

After his football career Simpson turned to sports broadcasting and even acting. He was known for roles in Roots and The Naked Gun film series.

Simpson captivated the nation on June 17, 1994 when he infamously evaded police in a white Ford Bronco driven by Al Cowlings, after he was charged with the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

After one of the most high-profile court trials in American history, Simpson was acquitted of all charges in October 1995.

This is a developing report. Check back with KTLA for updates.

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