Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction inspired Bob Dylan's hit song "The Hurricane," died Sunday at his home in Toronto. Carter was battling prostate cancer at the time of his death, his friend and onetime co-defendant, John Artis, confirmed. He was 76.
Carter became an international symbol for racial injustice after he was convicted twice on the same charges of fatally shooting two white men and a white woman in a Paterson, N.J., tavern in 1966. An all white jury initially convicted him. Both jury verdicts were overturned on separate grounds of prosecutorial misconduct. Carter was imprisoned for 19 years before the case was dismissed.
Carter's story was later documented in 1975 in Bob Dylan's protest song "The Hurricane." Dylan met with the prizefighter in prison and co-wrote the song with Jacques Levy. The ballad was Dylan's fourth most successful single of the decade and was #33 on the Billboard chart. The lyrics showcase Carter's promise as a boxer,Read More »from Bob Dylan's 'The Hurricane' Inspiration Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Dies at 76