Former middleweight boxer-turned-murder-suspect Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter lost his battle to prostate cancer on Sunday. He was 76.
Rubin, who was wrongly jailed for 19 years for a murder he did not commit, died early Sunday morning in Toronto, his longtime friend John Artis said. Artis, who was also wrongly convicted for the same crime, had been caring for Rubin Carter.
Rubin Carter had wrongly been convicted twice in the 1996 murders of two customers and a bartender inside the Lafayette Bar & Grill in Paterson, NJ. A federal judge overturned the second conviction, ruling that the prosecutor’s behavior was “as heinous as the crimes for which Carter was tried and convicted.” Carter became a symbol of racial injustice in America.
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter’s struggle to clear his name and get justice inspired Bob Dylan’s hit single “Hurricane” and also inspired a movie of the same starring Denzel Washington, who garnered an Oscar nomination for his role.