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  • Associated Press O.J. Simpson says he's living healthy and happy in Las Vegas, 25 years after going from a football hero to murder suspect.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:00 am

25 years later, 'life is fine' for Simpson

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Twenty-five years after the grisly killings that transformed him from Hall of Fame football hero to murder suspect, 71-year-old O.J. Simpson says he is happy and healthy living in Las Vegas, plays golf nearly every day and stays in touch with his children.

“Life is fine,” Simpson recently told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his home.

He added that neither he nor his children want to talk about June 12, 1994, the night his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death. Simpson was ultimately acquitted of the crime in what came to be known as “The Trial of the Century.”

“We don't need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” he said as Wednesday's anniversary of the killings approached. “The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to what we call the 'no negative zone.' We focus on the positives.”

Simpson later served nine years in prison for robbery and kidnapping over an attempt to steal back some of his sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room. For a man who once lived for the spotlight, he has generally kept a low profile since his release from prison in October 2017.

The knees that helped him run to football glory at the University of Southern California and with the NFL's Buffalo Bills have been replaced, and he recently had Lasik surgery on his eyes. His older daughter, Arnelle, lives with him much of the time.

After he got out of prison in Nevada, many expected him to return to Florida, where he had lived for several years. But friends in Las Vegas persuaded him to stay there.

“The town has been good to me,” Simpson said.