Orenthal James Simpson, better known as O.J. Simpson, who rose to prominence as a football player with the Buffalo Bills, died of cancer on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 according to his family. 

Born July 9, 1947, Simpson earned numerous accolades including five Pro Bowl appearances and the NFL MVP.

Simpson transitioned into broadcasting and acting after his football career, but he became truly infamous due to the the highly publicized criminal trial in 1995, where he was charged with the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The trial, often referred to as the “Trial of the Century,” garnered intense media scrutiny and polarized public opinion. Although acquitted of criminal charges, Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial. 

In 2008, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison on charges, including armed robbery and kidnapping, relating to a confrontation over sports memorabilia. He was released in 2017 after serving nine years.