Celebrated Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Who Was Wrongly Convicted Of Triple Murder...

Celebrated Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Who Was Wrongly Convicted Of Triple Murder Has Died At 76

By Time Magazine on April 20, 2014
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A file photo dated 08 October 2003 showing Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter visiting Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Australia. Media reports on 20 April 2014 state Carter died in his home town Toronto, Canada, at the age of 76 years. Carter, a middleweight prize fighter on his way to becoming the champion of the world according to the Dylan song Hurricane, was sentenced to three life terms in 1967 for triple murder. He was freed and later exonerated after serving two decades behind bars. (Photo Credit: EPA/DAVE HUNT)

Celebrated boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter attracted international attention for fighting a wrongful murder conviction that sent him to prison for 19 years. His story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song and a 1999 movie starring Denzel Washington.

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the famous boxer who served 19 years in prison before his exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of murder, died at home Sunday at age 76.

In this Feb. 23, 1965 file photo, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, left, knocks out Italian boxer Fabio Bettini in the 10th and last round of their fight at the Falais Des Sports in Paris. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76. (AP Photo/File)
In this Feb. 23, 1965 file photo, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, left, knocks out Italian boxer Fabio Bettini in the 10th and last round of their fight at the Falais Des Sports in Paris. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76. (AP Photo/File)

Carter’s friend and former co-defendant John Artis confirmed the news to the Associated Press. Carter died in his sleep after a battle with prostate cancer.

Carter was twice convicted of shooting three people in a Paterson, N.J., bar in 1966, two years after losing boxing’s middleweight championship. Prosecutorial misconduct involving racial bias and withheld evidence led both verdicts to be overturned in 1985.

Carter’s quest to clear his name attracted international attention. Amnesty International called him a “prisoner of conscience,” and the case inspired Bob Dylan to write the protest song “Hurricane.” The story of Carter’s life was turned into a Hollywood film, The Hurricane, in 1999, starring Denzel Washington.

A poster for the movie, 'Hurricane' where Denzel Washington played Carter
A poster for the movie, ‘Hurricane’ where Denzel Washington played Carter

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