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O.J. Simpson Dead at 76

Infamous American Football Player and Actor passes away
O.J. Simpson in 1990

On April 10th of 2024, the family of Orenthal James Simpson announced that he passed away at the age of 76. Simpson passed away due to prostate cancer.

Simpson was an American football player primarily known for his time as a running back for the Buffalo Bills. Additionally, Simpson was an actor that played in movies and shows such as Roots.

However, these accolades are overshadowed by Simpson’s murder trial, wherein Simpson was tried for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

On June 12 of 1994, Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were murdered in Las Angeles. Simpson was charged with the murders, and the ensuing three-month long trial would be widely publicized. Forensic evidence was provided by the prosecutors, however the defense argued that the evidence was mishandled because the Los Angeles Police Department had a historical bias against African Americans.

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Ultimately, Simpson was acquitted for the murders on October 3rd of 1994. The notoriety of the case lead Simpson’s murder case being referred to as the “trial of the century.”

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Anthonie Page
Anthonie Page, Live Editor
Anthonie Page is a staff member for the MAST Academy student paper, The Beacon, based in Virginia Key. Part of the graduating class of 2024, this is Page’s 4th year at MAST Academy. When Page is not studying for his many AP classes or working on college applications, he enjoys writing and watching stand up comedy. Page is an active basketball player, and he spends his summers as a volunteer basketball coach for a youth basketball club. “I love playing basketball, and being a coach allows me to share the sport I love with future generations,” Page said. Page has a European background, with his family being from Greece and Italy. He aspires to study astrophysics after he finishes his final year at MAST.
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