The famous figures who passed away (so far) in 2024

O.J. Simpson has died at the age of 76

Stars Insider

11/04/24 | StarsInsider


O.J. Simpson, the former football champion whose reputation was tarnished by the biggest criminal trial of the '90s, has passed away. The news was shared by his family via his X account on April 11. “On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren."

Simpson was the superstar sportsman of his generation. He broke records playing for the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills, all the while acting in movies like 'The Cassandra Crossing' (1976) and the miniseries 'Roots.' However, his golden days came to an end in 1994 when he was accused of the brutal murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson famously tried to evade arrest by going on the run in his white Ford Bronco, in what became the slowest and most highly publicized police chase in history. The ensuing trial was a media circus of epic proportions and controversially, he was found not guilty. However, a civil suit brought by the Brown family found that he was in fact liable for the murders and he was ordered to pay them US$33.5 million in damages. Years later, Simpson was convicted of robbery and kidnapping, and spent eight years in prison. He was released in 2017 and had kept a relatively low profile since then. In February 2024, it was reported that he was suffering from prostate cancer. 

With each year that passes, we are surprised and dismayed to hear of the deaths of some of the greatest icons of music, cinema, sports, fashion, and more. In 2023, we said sorrowful goodbyes to legends like Tina Turner, Tony Bennett, and Harry Belafonte, and we were shocked by the untimely deaths of stars like Matthew Perry, Sinéad O'Connor, and Angus Cloud. This year, we will doubtless be faced with the natural cycle of life and its unnatural tragedies once again. Nonetheless, these stars are immortalized by their cultural impact and the bodies of work they leave behind.

In 2024 we have already bid farewell to many beloved stars of stage and screen. Click through this gallery to remember those who have left us so far.

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