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Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

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Apr 20, 2014 | 12:38pm EDT

Boxing icon Rubin Carter, who was immortalised in song by Bob Dylan and portrayed onscreen by Denzel Washington, has died at the age of 76. The sportsman, known by his nickname Hurricane, had been battling prostate cancer and passed away in his sleep on Sunday (20Apr14) in Toronto, Canada. Carter's promising boxing career was cut short in 1967 after he was wrongfully convicted of three murders in his native New Jersey. He spent 19 years in prison, before he was finally released in 1985 after multiple appeals. Carter's ordeal, and the alleged racial motivations behind it, was highly publicised and became the subject of folk star Bob Dylan's 1975 song Hurricane. His life story was adapted for the 1999 film The Hurricane, which earned Washington an Oscar nomination. Carter's professional boxing record was 27 wins, 12 losses and one draw. In 1993, he received an honorary championship title belt from the World Boxing Council and was subsequently inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Paying tribute to Carter on Twitter.com, boxer Lennox Lewis writes, "Rest in peace Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. The injustice put upon u can never be undone but it must also never be forgotten (sic)". The Charlatans rocker Tim Burgess adds, "Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter has died. Look up his story if you don't know it already... Rest in Peace Rubin".

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