O.J. Simpson, the former NFL star and actor whose fame skyrocketed in 1994 and 1995 when he was accused and tried for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, has reportedly been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to multiple reports.
He is undergoing chemotherapy in Las Vegas, where he lives and plays golf. A subsequent report claimed that he was in hospice care, a rumor that Simpson vehemently denied in a series of tweets on X.
“Hey X world, hospice? Hospice? You’re talking about hospice?” Simpson said with a laugh in a video posted to X on Friday, February 9, as he was sitting behind the wheel of a car. “I don’t know who put that out there.”
The infamous star continued telling followers that he’s “hosting a ton of friends for the Super Bowl” while in Las Vegas, which is where the Kansas City Chiefs are set to play the San Francisco 49ers.
“All is well,” he assured his fans. “Guys, take care, have a good Super Bowl weekend.”
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) February 9, 2024
The O.J. Simpson trial was dubbed the “trial of the century”, a landmark case in American history that exposed the deep racial divisions in the country. It also shined a spotlight on the defense and prosecution team of lawyers, and they too became topics of conversation in our everyday life, O. J. Simpson and the accusation of murder becoming the topic debated in all the media, classrooms, churches, and around the dinner table. It proved to be a watershed for American race relations.
The prosecution presented a large amount of evidence that linked Simpson to the crime scene, such as DNA, blood, and a glove. However, the defense team, led by Johnnie Cochran and Robert Kardashian—the father of reality star Kim and her siblings–argued that Simpson was framed by a racist and corrupt police department, especially detective Mark Fuhrman, who had a history of using racial slurs and planting evidence.
The trial lasted for more than eight months and was televised live to millions of viewers. On October 3, 1995, the jury, which consisted of nine African Americans, two whites, and one Hispanic, delivered a verdict of not guilty. The verdict sparked a powerful reaction from the public, with many African Americans celebrating Simpson’s acquittal as a victory against racial injustice, while many whites expressing outrage and disbelief at the outcome. The trial revealed the different perceptions and experiences of race and justice in America, and raised questions about the role of media, money, and celebrity in the legal system.
In addition to the charge of murder, Simpson has a history of legal troubles, including a conviction for armed robbery in 2008, for which he served nine years in prison. He was released on parole in 2017.