May 22, 2024
O.J. Simpson’s brain will not be donated for scientific efforts to study it for signs of CTE, according to the executor of his estate. CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a brain disorder often caused by repeated head injuries. The disorder has been found in boxers and football players; Simpson was well-known for playing college football and then […]

O.J. Simpson’s brain will not be donated for scientific efforts to study it for signs of CTE, according to the executor of his estate.

CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a brain disorder often caused by repeated head injuries. The disorder has been found in boxers and football players; Simpson was well-known for playing college football and then in the NFL until 1979.

Malcolm LaVergne, the chief executor of Simpson’s estate and an attorney for the former NFL and movie star, told NBC News that he was called by “at least” one person claiming to be a “CTE guy who studies the brain,” inquiring about Simpson.

“That’s a hard no,” LaVergne stated. “His entire body, including his brain, will be cremated.”

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FILE – In this Oct. 3, 1995, file photo, O.J. Simpson reacts as he is found not guilty in the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, as defense attorneys F. Lee Bailey, left, and Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., stand with him. Bailey, the celebrity attorney who defended O.J. Simpson, Patricia Hearst and the alleged Boston Strangler, but whose legal career halted when he was disbarred in two states, has died, a former colleague confirmed Thursday, June 3, 2021. He was 87. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

Simpson was one of the most famous people in the United States when, in 1994, he was accused of killing his wife Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in perhaps the most contentious trial to ever grip the nation, with many people blaming the prosecution’s ineptitude for the verdict. A separate civil trial jury in 1997 found him liable for the deaths.

Simpson died on Wednesday of prostate cancer at the age of 76. The reactions to his death widely varied.

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