Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder and became a well-known symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76 per a report from ABCNews.com.
Carter had been suffering from prostate cancer while living in Toronto.
The Boxer, who was immortalized both in song and film, spent 19 years in prison for three murders at the Lafayette Bar and Grillin Paterson, N.J., in 1966, after being convicted alongside friend and caregiver John Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.
While imprisoned, Carter published a 1974 book titled The Sixteenth Round, that he typed out on an Underwood typewriter in his prison cell. He sent the book out to many celebrities including Muhammad Ali (who put up Carter’s bail before his second trial) Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Harry Belafonte and Bob Dylan.
His story was made famous nationally by Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” and the 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Carter.
Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public outcry.
“I wouldn’t give up,” Carter said in an interview on PBS in 2011. “No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I wouldn’t give up. Just because a jury of 12 misinformed people … found me guilty did not make me guilty. And because I was not guilty, I refused to act like a guilty person.”