Rubin "Hurricane'' Carter, the former American boxer imprisoned nearly 20 years for three murders before the convictions were overturned, has died at his home in Toronto.
Media reports say he was battling prostate cancer.
The Hurrican's autobiography, "The Sixteenth Round," was published in 1975 it helped raise awareness for his case. Also in 1975 Bob Dylan wrote the song 'Hurricane' based on the book.
According to CTV, Carter was arrested in 1966, along with acquaintance John Artis, for a triple shooting in New Jersey. His conviction was quashed in 1985, with the help of a group of Canadians who fought to keep his case in the spotlight.
Eventually, Carter moved to Toronto, where he helped to form the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. He served as the association's executive director from 1993 to 2004.
in 1999 Norman Jewison made the movie 'The Hurricane', Denzel Washington played the lead role.