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OJ Simpson, former American footballer, dies at 76 due to cancer

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O.J. Simpson

, the former

NFL star

and actor who was at the centre of one of the most sensational trials in American history, has died at the age of 76 after battling

cancer

. Simpson, famously acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife

Nicole Brown Simpson

and her friend

Ronald Goldman

in 1995, passed away in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Simpson’s life was known by both

legal scandal

and athletic success.

Before finding success in the NFL (National Football League), he rose to prominence as a college football player and was known as “The Juice” for his exceptional skill on the field. But after his well-reported trial and acquittal on murder charges, his legacy became linked to the legal system.

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

— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) April 11, 2024

As per reports he was battling

prostate cancer

, one of the most common cancers among men, arises in the prostate gland, a vital part of the male reproductive system. While often slow-growing and treatable, it can also be aggressive and deadly if left unchecked. Symptoms may include urinary issues, pain, or blood in the urine. Early detection through screening tests like PSA tests and digital rectal exams is crucial for timely intervention. Treatment options vary from active surveillance to surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or hormone therapy, depending on the cancer’s stage and individual health factors. Awareness, regular check-ups, and proactive health management are key to combating prostate cancer.

Simpson, a San Francisco native, was an All-American at

Southern California

. He played for the Buffalo Bills, who drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick in 1969, and was a five-time All-Pro in his nine seasons there. He concluded his career with two seasons as a member of the 49ers, then transitioned to a career as a commercial pitchman and broadcaster before his arrest.

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