O.J. Simpson Succumbs to Cancer at 76, Leaving Unresolved Legacy and Debts


Nestled in the outreaches of the Las Vegas Strip, in a country club home caressed by the warm desert winds, an earnest gathering took place just before Easter. Implicated in this unassuming assembly was none other than O.J. Simpson and his revered lawyer, Malcom LaVergne. The celebrated attorney projected a vivid image of his client. “Simpson, striking his familiar pose, sprawled at ease on his cherished couch, beer in hand, engrossed in the television,” echoes LaVergne. This was their last convivial interaction with each other, a meeting unclouded by the shadows soon to follow. Known for his flair to keep abreast of world events, Simpson left a poignant silhouette in LaVergne’s memory, stoked to life, more potently as Simpson’s flame began to wane.

Shortly after their last rendezvous, a cloud of change had swept in. By April 5, Simpson was “transitioning,” in LaVergne’s solemn words. In their recent meeting, Simpson had mustered only enough strength to request water and opt for a televised golf tournament over a tennis game. A choice, LaVergne fondly remarks, that suited the “absolute golf fanatic.”

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Simpson’s battle with life came to an end on April 10. His fight against prostate cancer, a malady he was diagnosed with the previous year, saw its last opponent wilt at 76. Simpson’s family issued a heartrending statement on X, once known as Twitter, “Our beloved succumbed to cancer surrounded by his children and grandchildren.”

While the family painted a picture of Simpson’s last moments cradled in the embraces of his kin, LaVergne shared that actually, one unnamed “close family member” was present at his side when he breathed his last. Nevertheless, LaVergne candidly expressed the staggering weight of Simpson’s celebrity status as endured by his adult children. “They’ve had to share their father – good and bad, with the world, yet, it’s crucial to remember they’ve now lost a parent,” he distills.

The responsibility now lies with LaVergne to manoeuver Simpson’s contentious estate. He parried queries about a potential deathbed confession, casting them aside as attempts to sensationalize the solemn situation. Moreover, he confirmed Simpson’s body won’t be dissected in investigation of chronic brain trauma, possibly incurred over his 11 stint in the NFL.

LaVergne also shared that Simpson had laid out his final wishes to his children, expressing the need to act upon them. “Simpson wished to be cremated,” reveals LaVergne, with any plans for a public memorial shrouded in uncertainty.

A noticeable lacuna was left in Simpson’s life story as he departed without ever paying the outstanding bulk of a $33.5 million judgment built up against him from the 1997 civil liability case. According to the attorney representing the Goldman family, David Cook, the debt currently owed, inclusive of unpaid interest, is a staggering amount of over $114 million. LaVergne, however, varied in his estimate, stating that he perceived Simpson’s debt potentially exceeding $200 million, and said that Simpson’s assets wouldn’t meet this debt.

LaVergne philosophically stated, “I want to afford the Goldman and Brown families an opportunity to view my meticulous records,” he said. “But should they believe there are additional assets at stake, they would have to employ their own attorneys, and resources, to uncover their potential windfall.”