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Controversial NFL legend OJ Simpson, who was charged with the 1994 murder of his wife and her friend died on Wednesday at the age of 76. His family confirmed Simpson's passing on social media. Simpson's family revealed that the former Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers great well pray to cancer.

The statement released by the Simpson family said, " On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. 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."

OJ Simpson, a fter a glittering college career with the University of South Carolina which included a Heisman Trophy, two  unanimous All-American honours and around 19 NCAA, conference and school records; was picked number one by the Bills in  the 1969 NFL draft. 

Nicknamed the "Juice", Simpson made five First Team All-Pro squads and six Pro Bowls and was also named MVP in 1973 after being the first to rush for 2,000 yards in a season (doing it in 14 games) while averaging 141.3 yards per game, still an NFL record. After nine years in Buffalo, Simpson finished his  career with the San Francisco 49ers and  was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

But, in 1994, his life changed forever as he was acquitted of the murder  of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. The trial of this case was deemed the  "The Trial of the Century." Post this trial, OJ was not guilty after the  "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" closing argument  a reference to a glove matching one found at the scene of the murders.