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Saturday, April 13, 2024

O.J. Simpson's brain will not be donated to CTE research: report

OJO.J. Simpson will be cremated according to his wishes, with no plans to donate his brain for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research. Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson's long-term attorney and executor, confirmed that the family has declined multiple requests for brain donation for CTE research. 

The Boston University CTE Center previously revealed that 92% of the 376 former NFL players they studied had CTE, highlighting the ongoing debate about the connection between football and the brain disease. CTE is a degenerative brain condition likely caused by repeated head injuries, with symptoms often including anger.

Simpson, a former NFL player known for his controversial life both on and off the field, had a career overshadowed by the 1994 killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, for which he was acquitted. LaVergne indicated that Simpson's remains will likely be cremated on Tuesday with the possibility of a later "celebration of life-type service" for close friends and family.

For more information see Paulina Dedaj “O.J. Simpson’s brain will not be donated to CTE research: report”, Fox News Sports, April 13, 2024.


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