Ron Goldman’s father and Alan Dershowitz react to OJ Simpson’s death – NBC News

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Ron Goldman’s father and Alan Dershowitz react to OJ Simpson’s death – NBC News

The death of OJ Simpson sparked an immediate reaction across the country Thursday, renewing public interest in his era-defining 1995 murder trial — and reviving painful memories for families close to the events.

Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, capping what legal analysts described at the time as the “trial of the century.”

Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, told NBC News that the news of Simpson’s death only further underscores his grief for his son, who was found stabbed to death outside Brown Simpson’s Los Angeles home on July 12. June 1994.

Ronald Goldman's family holds press conference after his murder
Ron Goldman in a family photo.WireImage

“The only thing I have to say is just another reminder that Ron was gone all those years ago,” Fred Goldman said in a telephone interview. “It’s not a great loss to the world. It’s another reminder that Ron is gone.”

Alan Dershowitz, the prominent lawyer who served as an advisor on Simpson’s legal “Dream Team” alongside Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey, told NBC News he was saddened to learn of his death. old client.

“I knew he was very sick, so I’m upset that he died,” Dershowitz said. “I got to know him quite well during the trial. It was one of the most racially controversial trials in American history. He will always be remembered for the Bronco chase, for the gauntlet and for the moment of acquittal.”

Simpson, 76, died of cancer, according to a statement from his family posted on X, the former Twitter platform.

“On April 10, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer,” the family said. “He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you respect their wishes for privacy and grace.”

Simpson’s team of lawyers also included her friend Robert Kardashian, the late husband of reality TV mogul Kris Jenner. Former Olympian and media personality Caitlyn Jenner, who was later married to Kris Jenner until their divorce in 2015, tweeted just two words in response to the news of Simpson’s death: “Good riddance.”

In the decades before his national fame as a defendant in a murder trial, Simpson was best known as a decorated football star and sometimes actor, appearing in “The Naked Gun” film franchise. The Buffalo Bills, the team Simpson spent most of his NFL career with, did not immediately release a comment on his death, but a fan account posted a photo of him on Instagram.

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