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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Boxer Who Inspired Bob Dylan Song, Dead at 76

Image courtesy of Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter , a boxer who inspired a Bob Dylan song and a movie starring Denzel Washington , has died following a battle with prostate cancer.

Carter's friend, John Artis , says the boxer died in his sleep Sunday morning in Toronto, according to CTV News . He was 76.

Carter spent 19 years in prison on a murder conviction that was overturned after several appeals and a groundswell of support by civil rights groups and celebrities. He was released in 1985.

In 1975, Dylan released a song about Carter's case, titled "Hurricane." Washington portrayed Carter in the 1999 film The Hurricane , earning him an Oscar nomination.

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