Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Dead at 76

aacarterRubin “Hurricane” Carter, the middleweight boxing contender who spent nearly 20 years behind bars after being wrongly convicted of a triple murder, died Sunday at his home in Toronto. He was 76.

The cause of death was prostate cancer.

Carter spent 19 years in prison for a triple killing in New Jersey before a federal judge ruled in 1985 that he did not receive a fair trial and released him. Carter would go on to become the first executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. 

Hurricane later told CNN:

“Hatred and bitterness and anger only consume the vessel that contains them. It doesn’t hurt another soul. If I were to allow myself to continue to feel that anger and the bitterness of being a victim, I would have never survived prison itself. Prison can deal with anger; prison can deal with hatred because prison is about all those things. So I had to overcome those things.”

His story was the subject of the Denzel Washington film Hurricane and Bob Dylan’s song “Hurricane” drew attention to Carter’s case in 1976 that helped lead to a new trial and public support.

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