LAS VEGAS (Diya TV) — Former NFL star O.J. Simpson, famously acquitted in the 1994 murder trial of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, has passed away at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer, his family confirmed.

The announcement of Simpson’s death was made via his official social media account, with the family requesting privacy and grace during this time of mourning.

Simpson, born Orenthal James Simpson, rose to prominence as a football star, playing running back for the University of Southern California before embarking on a successful NFL career. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills as the No. 1 pick in 1969, Simpson became the first player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season in 1973, solidifying his status as one of the greatest running backs of all time.

Following his retirement from football, Simpson transitioned into acting and broadcasting, appearing in films such as “The Naked Gun” trilogy and working as a sports commentator.

However, Simpson’s life took a dark turn in 1994 when he was accused of the brutal murders of his ex-wife and Goldman. The highly publicized trial, dubbed “The Trial of the Century,” captivated the nation with its televised proceedings and legal drama. Despite a mountain of evidence against him, Simpson was acquitted of the charges in a controversial verdict that divided public opinion.

Subsequently, Simpson faced a wrongful death civil suit filed by the families of the victims, where he was found liable for their deaths and ordered to pay millions in damages.

In a separate incident in 2007, Simpson was convicted of armed robbery and other charges for his role in a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas. He served nine years in prison before being released on parole in 2017.

Throughout his life, Simpson remained a polarizing figure, his legacy marked by both athletic achievements and legal controversies. Despite his acquittal in the criminal trial, many continued to view him with suspicion, believing he had gotten away with murder.

Simpson’s passing brings an end to a life filled with triumphs and tribulations, leaving behind a complicated legacy that will continue to be debated and dissected for years to come.