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Published: Sun, July 6, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Father of Nicole Brown Simpson dies at 90

DANA POINT, CALIF.

Louis Brown Jr., the father of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, has died at his Southern California home, a family attorney said Saturday. He was 90.

Brown died Thursday in the seaside community of Dana Point, attorney Natasha Roit said in an email. A statement issued on behalf of the family did not include a cause of death.

Brown was the father of Nicole Brown Simpson, who was slashed to death in 1994 with friend Ronald Goldman. Her former husband, a football great, was acquitted of murder in the high-profile murder trial, which was televised live.

A civil jury found O.J. Simpson liable in 1997 for the deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman, providing a moral victory for grieving relatives who thought he got away with murder.

Louis Brown, who sat stone still as the verdict was announced, stood and smiled afterward. “I want to get outside and scream,” he told the AP at the time. The jury awarded $ 33.5 million in damages.

Prince joins Essence’s 20th celebration

NEW ORLEANS

Uttering his signature, “We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life,” Prince opened his set for the 20th celebration of the Essence Festival and showed thousands Friday why a 10-year wait isn’t a bad thing.

As the first licks of “Let’s Go Crazy,” rang throughout the Superdome, thousands in the audience — already on their feet in anticipation — stayed there until the final rifts of “Purple Rain” left the air.

Prince closed the festival’s main stage with a litany of his hits, including “Kiss,” “Raspberry Beret,” “When Doves Cry,” “Controversy,” “1999,” and a slowed-down version of “Little Red Corvette” and “Nothing Compares to You.”

Ten years ago, Prince headlined that anniversary, reuniting with some of the players in his musical past — Morris Day and The Time, guitarist Wendy Melvoin and former protege Sheila E.

The festival runs through today, with free daily programming and events inside the city’s convention center and nightly ticketed concerts in the Superdome.

Associated Press


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