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Louis Brown, father of Nicole Brown Simpson, dies

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Louis Brown Jr., the father of 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. His wife, Judi, and children were with him. "It was his wish to remain in his home with those he loved," Roit said. Brown served in World War II as a pilot and married in Switzerland after the war, the statement said. Two children preceded him in death, including Nicole Brown Simpson, who was slashed to death in 1994 with friend Ronald Goldman. Her former husband, O.J. Simpson, was acquitted of murder in the high-profile trial. Brown and his daughter Denise founded the Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation, through which Brown worked to raise awareness of domestic violence and increase funding for assistance. 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 felt the football great 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.

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