Who was OJ Simpson? Five thing

OJ Simpson died at 76. Photo: Jason Bean/AFP

Who was OJ Simpson? Five things to know

From the controversial murder trial of his wife Nicole Brown, to his children, here are five things to know about O.J. Simpson.

Who was OJ Simpson? Five thing

OJ Simpson died at 76. Photo: Jason Bean/AFP

Former American football player and actor Orenthal James Simpson, popularly known as OJ Simpson, passed away on Wednesday, 10 April at the age of 76. Here are five things to know about the football player.


The family of infamous NFL star OJ Simpson announced his death on the morning of Thursday, 11 April. In the post shared on his verified X (formerly known as Twitter) account, the family revealed he died of cancer on Wednesday, 10 April.

“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,” read the post.

CNN reports that Simpson’s prostate cancer diagnosis was made public about two months ago. So, who was OJ Simpson? Here are five things to know about the former footballer.


OJ Simpson was involved in America’s “trial of the century” in 1995. BBC reports that he was acquitted of the murder of his former wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The NFL star was sentenced to 33 years’ imprisonment on unrelated charges of armed robbery in 2008. OJ Simpson was released in 2017. In 1994, OJ Simpson was arrested as a suspect in the murder of Brown and Goldman. Brown and Goldman were stabbed to death outside Brown’s house in Los Angeles.

On the day he was meant to turn himself in, he fled in a white Ford Bronco, leading the police on a slow chase around Los Angeles. Eventually, at the trial, the jury on the case found Simpson not guilty.

Before Brown, Simpson was married to Marguerite Whitley. The pair married in 1967 but divorced in 1979.

Simpson and Brown have three children together – Arnelle, Jason and Aaren. While he had two children with Brown – Sydney and Justin. US Weekly reports that Sydney and Justin’s grandparents Judhita and Louis Brown got custody of them.

The late footballer was also a grandfather. He was said to be surrounded by his grandchildren when he died, according to the statement released by his family. However, it is unclear how many grandchildren he has.