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OJ Simpson’s cause of death revealed

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OJ Simpson’s cause of death has been revealed, two weeks after he passed away at age 76.

According to TMZ, the former Heisman Trophy winner — born Orenthal James Simpson — died from prostate cancer.

Simpson’s family announced on social media that he passed away on April 10.

“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,” they wrote on X.

OJ Simpson and his sister arriving to court in 2008.
OJ Simpson’s cause of death has been revealed, two weeks after he passed away at age 76. REUTERS
OJ Simpson in a Buffalo Bills uniform.
According to TMZ, the former Heisman Trophy winner died from prostate cancer. Focus on Sport via Getty Images

Two months before his death, the former NFL star was seen out and about in Las Vegas — without his cane.

That month, a news outlet reported that Simpson had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, the former athlete denied that he was in hospice care.

“Hospice! You talking about hospice?” he said with a laugh in a video message shared to X at the time.

OJ Simpson talking to reporters.
Simpson’s family announced on social media that he passed away on April 10 while “surrounded by his children and grandchildren.” REUTERS
OJ Simpson in a car.
Two months before his death, Simpson denied being in hospice care. TheRealOJ32/X

“No, I’m not even in the hospital. I don’t know who put that out there.”

Simpson then told viewers that he was prepping to host “a ton of friends” for a Super Bowl LVIII viewing party that weekend.

In May 2023, Simpson revealed his cancer diagnosis to the public, writing that he began using medical marijuana to ease his side effects.

OJ Simpson talking in a video.
In May 2023, Simpson revealed his cancer diagnosis to the public, writing that he began using medical marijuana to ease his side effects. Twitter/O.J. Simpson
OJ Simpson in 1991.
Simpson’s passing received mixed emotions on social media. Getty Images

“I had to do the whole chemo thing … I started smoking a couple of puffs a day, and I only had nausea twice,” he said in a video message on X. “I’m over the chemo. I only got nauseous on two occasions. … The pot really helped me with the unfortunate side of catching cancer.”

Simpson’s death ignited mixed emotions on social media.

Caitlyn Jenner, who was once close friends with the former running back, wrote a scathing message about his passing online.

Caitlyn Jenner.
Caitlyn Jenner, who was once close friends with the former running back, wrote a scathing message about his passing online. REUTERS
Caitlyn Jenner's tweets.
“Good Riddance #OJSimpson,” the former Olympian tweeted. Caitlyn_Jenner/Twitter
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Jenner ended her friendship with Simpson after he was arrested for the murders of his late wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. REUTERS

“Good Riddance #OJSimpson,” the former Olympian tweeted.

Jenner, 74, ended her friendship with Simpson after he was arrested for the murders of his late wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.


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After a highly publicized trial, OJ was acquitted of the murders. However, in 1997, the father of five was found liable in a civil wrongful death lawsuit and ordered to pay Nicole and Goldman’s families millions.

OJ Simpson wearing black gloves in court.
After a highly publicized trial, OJ was acquitted of the murders. REUTERS
The family of Ron Goldman at a press conference.
However, in 1997, the father of five was found liable in a civil wrongful death lawsuit and ordered to pay Nicole and Goldman’s families millions. REUTERS
OJ Simpson speaking.
Page Six exclusively reported that the former Buffalo Bills star avoided paying the families of the victims by allegedly running a ring of all-cash Business dealings to hide proceeds. REUTERS

Page Six exclusively reported that the former Buffalo Bills star avoided paying the families of the victims by allegedly running a ring of all-cash Business dealings to hide proceeds.

“He would sign anything except anything that had to do with the trial or murder,” a source claimed. “The stipulation was always that he had to be paid in cash.”

Page Six was also told that OJ had only paid $123,000 of the $33.5 million balance.

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