“God bless Rubin Carter and his tireless fight to ensure justice for all,” said Denzel Washington, who played the wrongly convicted boxer in “The Hurricane”
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the 1960s and later exonerated, has died from prostate cancer.
The Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted confirmed the former boxer’s death Sunday on its website. He was 76.
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The actor won a Golden Globe, an NAACP Image Award and received an Academy Award nomination for his performance.
His ordeal also inspired Bob Dylan‘s 1975 song “Hurricane” and several books.
After his release from prison, Carter became an advocate for the wrongly convicted, and served as executive director of the organization for more than a decade. The group tweeted its condolences, saying Carter “will be missed.”