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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.
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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.
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The conviction, which cut short his illustrious boxing career as a fearsome middleweight contender, made him a pop culture cause celebre.
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His story caught the attention of boxing great Muhammad Ali and inspired Bob Dylan's 1975 song 'Hurricane.'
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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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