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OJ Simpson, former NFL star acquitted of murder, dies at 76

Los Angeles - circa 1993: O.J. Simpson and his girlfriend Paula Barbieri leave Chasen's restaurant.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — O.J. Simpson has died after a battle with cancer, his family announced on his social media accounts Thursday. Simpson was 76.

Simpson was a star football player at both the collegiate and professional level, playing running back at USC before playing 11 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Buffalo Bills.

He is better remembered in pop culture, however, for his accused involvement in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. The media frenzy around the case was intense even before Simpson reached the courtroom, due in part to the infamous police chase in his white Ford Bronco during his initial attempt to evade arrest.

The ensuing trial, known as “the trial of the century,” acquitted Simpson of all charges, but he was found liable for both deaths in a civil case in 1997.

Simpson spent time in prison later in his life for unrelated armed robbery charges.

In a post to his X account announcing his death, family members did not disclose what type of cancer Simpson died from.

Read his full-length obituary from the Associated Press here.