Hurricane Dies At Age 76

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Legendary boxer Rubin Carter, best known by his nickname Hurricane, has died at the age of 76. The legend was immortalized by Denzel Washington’s portrayal and by Bob Dylan’s song.

He had been battling prostate cancer for a long time and passed away in his sleep on Sunday, April 20. He died in Toronto, Canada.
His expected boxing career was interrupted in 1967, when Carter was wrongfully convicted of three murders in New Jersey. After 19 years in prison, he was released in 1985.

The alleged racial motivation behind his case served as an inspiration to Bob Dylan, who wrote a song titled Hurricane in 1975.

His life was also adapted into a movie The Hurricane in 1999. The movie awarded Denzel with an Oscar nomination.

His professional career was, however, fertile. His record has 27 wins, 12 losses and only one draw.
He received an honorary championship title from the World Boxing Council, and was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.

His colleague, Lennox Lewis, took to Twitter.com to share his condolences. He wrote,

 

The Charlatans rocker Tim Burgess also wrote,

“Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter has died. Look up his story if you don’t know it already… Rest in Peace Rubin.”

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