O.J. Simpson has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Las Vegas, it has been reported.
The former NFL player – who was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend in the ‘Trial of the Century’ in 1995 – was also claimed to have been in hospice care, just weeks after he was spotted looking frail in Las Vegas.
Simpson, 76, has since taken to social media to deny the hospice rumors, but did not reference the Local 10 News report that he is undergoing treatment for cancer.
In a clip posted to his 870,000 followers on X, he can be seen sitting in his car, telling the camera: ‘Hospice? Hospice? You talking about hospice,’ before bursting into laughter.
‘I don’t know who put that out there… like The Donald [Trump] say, you can’t trust the media! In any event, I’m hosting a ton of friends for the Super Bowl here in Las Vegas, and all is well. So hey guys, take care, and have a good Super Bowl weekend.’
O.J. Simpson took to X to deny reports he is in hospice care, but made no mention of cancer
In recent weeks, the 76-year-old former running back looked frail as he used a walking cane
Simpson was seen walking around Las Vegas wearing a cap and his slippers last month
Simpson was tried in 1995 over the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. They were found brutally murdered outside the former’s home in Los Angeles.
His acquittal came nine months after the well-publicized trial got underway in 1995, and around 16 months after Simpson and Goldman were found.
Simpson’s trial and eventual acquittal of the murders was played out on television for the entire world to see, though despite walking away as a free man in 1995 he was later forced to pay out $33.5million in damages to the Brown and Goldman families after being found responsible for the deaths in civil court.
Simpson was tried in 1995 over the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman
Nicole Brown Simpson (left, pictured with Simpson) and her friend Ron Goldman (right) were found dead, brutally murdered in Los Angeles
Simpson previously served jail time for armed robbery before being released in 2017
The former Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers running back also encountered more legal problems when he was sentenced to nine to 33 years behind bars for armed robbery in Nevada in 2008.
After serving nine of those years, he was paroled in 2017.
Last year, Simpson was pictured on a couple of occasions looking frail as he made his way around Las Vegas, where he now lives.
Simpson reportedly used a cane while he was serving a prison sentence for stealing sports memorabilia.