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O.J. Simpson’s cause of death was revealed as prostate cancer this week, his lawyer confirmed to Fox News Digital on Friday. 

The controversial former athlete and actor, who was acquitted of his wife’s murder in 1995, died on April 10. 

Simpson, who was 76 when he died, announced he had been diagnosed with the disease last year. 

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OJ Simpson at the trial

O.J. Simpson died on April 10.? (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

His longtime lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, told Fox News Digital Simpson’s death certificate revealed he died of metastatic prostate cancer. 

The former NFL running back was cremated in Las Vegas, and there was a private gathering of friends and relatives. No public memorial was planned. 

OJ Simpson with Nicole Brown Simpson

O.J. Simpson was acquitted of wife Nicole Brown Simpson's 1994 murder and the murder of her friend Ron Goldman. (Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)

LaVergne said he visited Simpson just before Easter at the country club home, where Simpson leased southwest of the Las Vegas Strip, and described Simpson as "awake, alert and chilling" sitting on a couch, drinking a beer and "just catching up on the news." 

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On April 5, a doctor told LaVergne that Simpson was "transitioning," as the attorney described it, and days later Simpson only had the strength to ask for water and to choose to watch a TV golf tournament instead of a tennis match. 

OJ Simpson in court in Nevada in 2013

O.J. Simpson lived in Nevada for the last years of his life and also served time in prison there for armed robbery and kidnapping charges unrelated to his wife's murder. (?Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

"On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer," his family then announced on X on April 11. "He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren." 

O.J. Simpson lived in Nevada for the last years of his life and also served time in prison there for armed robbery and kidnapping charges unrelated to his wife's murder.

While Simpson was widely regarded as a legendary running back, his fame was eclipsed by the double murder trial of his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman. 

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He became embroiled in a murder trial following a June 1994 arrest in connection with the brutal slayings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman, but was eventually acquitted. 

Fox News' Greg Norman and Lawrence Richard contributed to this report. 

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