Agence France-PresseApril 20, 2014 17:20
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a US boxer made famous by a racially tinged wrongful murder conviction that landed him behind bars for 19 years, died Sunday, an association he directed said. He was 76.
Carter, who passed away of prostate cancer in Toronto, was convicted twice of the 1966 murder of three people who were fatally shot at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey, US and Canadian media reported.
The conviction, which cut short his illustrious boxing career as a fearsome middleweight contender, made him a pop culture cause celebre.