Nevada: Disgraced former American Football star OJ Simpson has gone on hunger strike in jail in a bid to kill himself.
Simpson, who was convicted of kidnap, assault and robbery in 2008, said, “I used to live my way, and now I’m going to die my way. I want to just sit down in a corner and die.”
I did it my way: OJ Simpson, pictured in court last year, is refusing to eat and wants to die. Pic/AFP
A source claimed that Simpson (66), who is eligible for parole in 2017, wanted to die so that his children would be able to get his millions. He wants his fortune, which is largely stored in his pension account, to be distributed between his daughters Sydney (28), and Arnelle (45), and sons Justin (25), and Jason (43).
Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994. Goldman’s family was awarded $33 million (Rs 205 crore) in a wrongful death civil suit. “He can’t give the kids his money while he’s alive without the Goldman family laying claim to it,” the source added.
“The only way OJ figures he can leave his kids the millions is to kill himself.” Simpson was found guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in what he said was an attempt to retrieve memorabilia and personal items from two sports collectibles dealers in a casino hotel room.
The former Buffalo Bills star was sentenced to between nine to 33 years in Nevada state prison in 2008 but was granted parole on some convictions last July. As a result he must serve at least three more years before he can be released on parole.
Who is OJ?
OJ shot to fame after his arrest and trial in the 1994 murder of his former wife Nicole, and her friend, of which he was found not guilty.