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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter has passed away at the age of 76 after a battle with prostate cancer. Carter died in his sleep in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted hometown.

 

Carter was wrongly convicted for a triple murder which took place at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey in 1966. Three white people were shot by two black men at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson. Carter and long time friend John Artis were convicted by an all white jury largely on the testimony of two thieves who later recanted their stories.

 

In his boxing years, Carter was a ferocious puncher who went 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts. He stopped Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963 and lost a unanimous decision to Joey Giardello in 1964.

 

Carter was released in 1985 at the age of 48. His case inspired the Bob Dylan song “Hurricane” and was the basis for the 1999 film “The Hurricane”, starring Denzel Washington.

 

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