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Notable People who are Dead in 2024 So Far

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O.J. Simpson – April 10

American football running back, actor, and broadcaster. Simpson first gained fame as a two-time All-American halfback for the USC Trojans, setting NCAA records and winning the Heisman Trophy in 1968.

He joined the professional Buffalo Bills in 1969 and had a successful career in the NFL, earning the nickname “The Juice.” Simpson was also an actor and broadcaster after retiring from football.

His acting credits include “The Naked Gun” trilogy” and the miniseries “Roots”. Simpson was charged with the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in 1994.

Although he was acquitted in a criminal trial in 1995, he was found liable for their deaths in a civil trial in 1996 and was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the victims’ families. In 2008, Simpson was sentenced to up to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery but was granted parole and released in 2017. He died at 76 after a battle with cancer.

Akebono Tarō – April 11

American-born Japanese sumo wrestler, professional wrestler, and mixed martial artist. He was born in Hawaii and started training sumo in Japan in 1988. He is best known for becoming the first non-Japanese sumo wrestler to reach the highest rank of yokozuna in 1993.

Akebono’s sumo career was marked by numerous achievements, including setting records in the lower ranks and junior division, being promoted to ozeki rank in 1992, and winning four of his next eight tournaments as a yokozuna. He retired from sumo wrestling in 2001 with 11 championships and a highly respectable total of 566 victories against 198 losses at the makuuchi level, including a 432–122 record as a yokozuna.

Following his retirement from sumo wrestling, Akebono became a Japanese citizen and officially changed his name to Akebono Tarō. He then pursued a career in professional wrestling (he competed against Big Show at WWE’s WrestleMania 21) and mixed martial arts, participating in kickboxing and wrestling competitions. He died of heart failure at the age of 54.

C. J. Snare – April 5

American singer, musician, and songwriter known for being the frontman and founding member of the hard rock/glam metal band FireHouse. Snare co-wrote most of FireHouse’s songs and had several chart-topping hits. The band reached stardom during the early 1990s with charting singles like “Reach for the Sky”, “Don’t Treat Me Bad” and “All She Wrote”, as well as their signature power ballads “I Live My Life for You”, “Love of a Lifetime” and “When I Look into Your Eyes”. He was also involved in other musical projects like Rubicon Cross and Scrap Metal. Snare passed away at the age of 64.

Junior Pope- April 11

The actor died in the afternoon of Wednesday, April 9, while filming in Asaba, Delta State capital, in Nigeria.

According to a Vanguard Nigeria source, Junior Pope died during a boat trip. The boat capsised and he, alongside two other yet-to-be-identified actors, drowned.

Junior Pope’s body was recovered and rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

The Delta State Chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Emma Onyemeziem, confirmed to Vanguard that the corpse had been deposited in the morgue

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