Boxer and Civil Rights Symbol Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Passes Away
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.20.2014
The wrongly-jailed boxer was seventy-six...
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction captured the attention of the world in the 1960s, has passed away. The Globe and Mail has confirmed that Carter passed away in his sleep on Sunday morning in his home in Toronto at the age of seventy-six. Carter was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in March of 2012.
Carter began boxing in 1961 and was considered a top 10 middleweight contenders in 1963, even defeating former champion Emile Griffith by TKO. He is most famous, however, for his conviction in 1967 on three counts of murder stemming from a July 1966 incident in Paterson, New Jersey. The murder was pinned on Carter after he was detained by cops for driving a white vehicle (which matched the description of the car from the scene). However, none of the eyewitnesses identified him. Carter maintained his innocence and was granted a second trial in the 1970s after witnessed recanted, but was convicted again. That conviction was overturned in 1985.
Carter's plight captured the attention of many and was referenced several times in popular culture. Bob Dylan wrote a song about the incident, "Hurricane," that helped spread attention to Carter's cause. Denzel Washington starred as Carter in 1999's The Hurricane, which depicted the events.
On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Carter.