Attorney confirms OJ Simpson will be cremated amid requests to study ex-NFL star's brain

Estate executor denies requests for OJ Simpson's brain to be studied for CTE

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OJ Simpsons entire body, including his brain to be cremated. — Reuters/File
OJ Simpson's 'entire body, including his brain' to be cremated. — Reuters/File

Attorney Malcolm LaVergne, who represented OJ Simpson, confirmed that the late former National Football Association (NFL) star's body will be cremated after receiving requests for his brain to be donated to science.

Simpson, the former running back for Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, passed away last week at the age of 76 after a battle with prostate cancer, NBC News reported.

LaVegrne has revealed that he has received calls requesting for Simpson's brain to be donated to science for research.

"On at least one occasion, someone has called saying he’s a CTE guy who studies the brain,” said LaVergne.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease linked to recurrent head injuries that has been examined in former football players.

It is associated with behavioural and cognitive issues.

"That’s a hard no," LaVergne added. "His entire body, including his brain, will be cremated."

LaVergne, who is now serving as the executor of Simpson’s estate, said there are tentative plans for a private "celebration of life" for close friends and family.

Simpson had three children with his first wife, Marguerite Whitley, and two children with his second wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, whom he divorced in 1992. 

In 1995, Simpson was famously acquitted in the murder of Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.

LaVegrne revealed that he would invite a legal representative of the Goldmans to review his findings as he works to calculate the worth of Simpson’s estate and take inventory of his assets and belongings.

"We can get this thing resolved in a calm and dispassionate manner," LaVergne said.

This comes after LaVergne said that he plans to prevent families of alleged murder victims from receiving funds from a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment, which found him liable for the killings.