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Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 20, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.

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In this March 3, 2000 file photo, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, listens as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former middleweight boxer, speaks during a news conference inside the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, Calif. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76.

— Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.

His death was confirmed Sunday by John Artis, a caregiver and associate.

Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.

Carter was freed in 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan's 1975 song "Hurricane," several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington.

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