NEW: White House offers condolences for OJ Simpson’s death, fails to mention victims

"Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time," Jean-Pierre said.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
During Thursday's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre spoke about the death of OJ Simpson, offering condolences to his family.

Absent from her comments, however, was any mention of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, who Simpson was accused of murdering. 

"Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time, obviously with his family and loved ones," Jean-Pierre said. "I'll say this, I know that they have asked for some privacy, aso we're going to respect that. I'll just leave it there."

The 76-year-old former National Football League star and acquitted murder suspect passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday.

"On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer," his children wrote in a post from his account on X. "He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace."

Simpson married Nicole Brown in 1985, and they divorced seven years later. In 1994, she and her friend, Ron Goldman, were found dead in her LA home, and Simpson was deemed a suspect. Following a now infamous chase in his white Ford Bronco, he was detained, and put on trial for murder.

He was acquitted, though a jury found him liable for wrongful death in 1997 and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages.

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