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Ex-boxer 'Hurricane' Carter dies
20 Apr 2014 22:10
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, a US boxer made famous by a racially-tinged wrongful murder conviction that put him behind bars for 19 years, has died. He was 76.
Carter, who passed away of prostate cancer in Toronto, was convicted twice in the 1966 murder of three people who were fatally shot at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey, US and Canadian media reported.
The conviction, which cut short his illustrious boxing career as a fearsome middleweight contender, made him a pop culture cause celebre.
His story caught the attention of boxing great Muhammad Ali and inspired Bob Dylan's 1975 song 'Hurricane.'
Decades later, 1999 film 'The Hurricane,' earned Denzel Washington an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Carter.

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