THAT'S THE STORY OF THE HURRICANE; RUBIN CARTER 1937-2014; Boxer Wrongly Given 19 Years' Jail for Murder Dies Aged 76
Byline: ANDY LINES Chief Reporter
ICONIC boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter - who was wrongly convicted of murder - has died aged 76.
The American middleweight, who was immortalised in film and song after serving 19 years in jail, lost his long fight with prostate cancer yesterday in Toronto.
Last night, two former heavyweight champions of the ring paid their respects to Rubin, who was played by Denzel Washington in the 1999 film The Hurricane and the subject of a famous Bob Dylan song of the same name.
Mike Tyson, 47, tweeted: "We lost a great man today. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, the boxer who was wrongfully accused and became a symbol for racial injustice. RIP."
And British hero Lennox Lewis, 48, wrote: "Rest in peace Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter. The injustice put upon you can never be undone but it must also never be forgotten."
Carter was born in 1937 in New Jersey and ran into trouble with the law as a teenager, serving jail sentences for assault and robbery before spending two years in the army.
In his autobiography, titled The Sixteenth Round, Carter recalled his early life, writing: "The kindest thing I have to say about my childhood is that I survived it."
Carter - who once earned, but lost, a title fight against champion Joey Giardello in 1964 - shot to world attention after he was arrested and charged with the triple murder of three white men in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966.
He was convicted for the shootings along with Ron Artis, a hitchhiker he had picked up on the night of the killings. …