April 20, 2014, TORONTO (ISN) – Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former American boxer who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, has died at his home in Toronto.
He was 76.
His long-time friend and co-accused John Artis says Carter died in his sleep Sunday morning after a battle with prostate cancer.
Carter was convicted along with Artis of murdering three people in a New Jersey bar in 1966.
Their convictions were overturned in 1975, but both were found guilty a second time in 1976.
After serving 19 years, Carter was freed in 1985 when a federal judge overturned the second convictions.