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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter dies at 76

He was the boxer who was wrongly convicted of a 1966 triple murder and spent 19 years in prison.

Rubin ``Hurricane'' Carter has died at his Toronto home at the age of 76.

The former boxer became a tireless campaigner for the wrongfully convicted after spending almost 20 years in a US prison for a triple murder he did not commit.

After his 1985 exoneration Carter moved to Canada and helped start an advocacy group for the unjustly convicted.

His long-time friend and co-accused, John Artis, says Carter died in his sleep after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

Carter's struggle with injustice was immortalized in song by Bob Dylan, and Denzel Washington received an Academy Award nomination for his work in a film about Carter's life

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  1. Mike posted on 04/20/2014 03:53 PM
    A friend of mine lived next door to him on Delaware Avenue here in Toronto back in the early 2000's. He was a very warm and kind man who liked nothing more than working in his beautiful garden.
  2. Mark posted on 04/22/2014 12:16 AM
    I attended a CSA (Canadian Stuttering Association) conference back in 2003 here in Toronto and Rubin Carter was the keynote speaker. He was a very passionate speaker. He told us that as a child whenever anyone would tease him over his stutter it would usually lead to them meeting his fists. He managed to overcome his stutter by adulthood and apparently wasn't an issue any longer.
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