OJ Simpson in Trial
O.J. Simpson, shown at a hearing, went from the heights of fame as a successful football star and actor -- to the depths of infamy as a suspect in his ex-wife's murder and a conviction over a bungled armed robbery GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP

Former NFL star OJ Simpson, celebrated for his years as a standout running back with the Buffalo Bills, and later embroiled in a high-profile murder trial involving his former wife, has passed away, his family announced in a social media post on Thursday.

"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", the Simpson Family posted on X.

Simpson enjoyed a remarkable career in college football as an elite athlete who clinched the prestigious Heisman Trophy in 1968 while playing as a running back for the USC Trojans.

Transitioning to the professional arena, he shined as an RB for the Buffalo Bills throughout much of the 1970s, before concluding his tenure with two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

OJ Simpson's Heisman Trophy
The Heisman Trophy that was presented to O.J. Simpson in 1968 when he was a senior at the University of Southern California went up for auction in 1999 AFP

While his teams did not win any significant trophies during his playing years, he achieved impressive personal stats as a running back, earning the MVP title in the 1973 season by rushing for over 2000 yards.

OJ Simpson's Mug Shot
This official booking photograph released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows O.J. Simpson as the former professional football star was booked for murder in 1994 LAPD via AFP

Despite his successful acting career in movies and TV series, with roles in the "Naked Gun" series, as well as films like "Towering Inferno" (1974) and "Detour to Terror" (1980), OJ Simpson's most prominent media attention after his NFL career came from the highly publicized trial that followed his accusation of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her boyfriend Ronald Goldman.

The saga unfolded dramatically as Simpson was famously chased in his white Bronco SUV, an event broadcasted live across multiple news networks.

The ensuing trial captivated the nation's attention for months, culminating in Simpson's acquittal. However, in 1997, the legal saga continued as Goldman's family pursued justice through a civil suit, ultimately resulting in a jury finding Simpson liable for wrongful death and battery.

Simpson was ordered to pay over $33 million in restitution as a result of the lawsuit, but he did not face jail time. However, his criminal activities caught up with him when he was convicted of robbery, kidnapping, and other charges for orchestrating a conspiracy to steal sports memorabilia in Las Vegas, some of which included items from his own playing days.

Simpson served almost nine years in prison and was released in 2017.

OJ Simpson in a Nevada Prison
This image released by the Nevada Department of Corrections shows O.J. Simpson signing documents and leaving prison in Nevada in October 2017 NDC via AFP

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