Famed defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey — whose clients included O.J. Simpson and Sam Sheppard — has died, according to media reports and Simpson.
Bailey was 87 years old.
He was known as part of Simpson’s legal “dream team” during the criminal trial in connection to the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. He also represented Patty Hearst when she was arrested following her kidnapping.
Bailey also represented Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the “Boston Strangler.”
Bailey was a short-lived television host with two shows that featured interviews with guests.
Simpson took to social media on June 3 to talk about Bailey and their relationship. The former football star said Bailey might be the greatest lawyer of his generation but was a better man.
“F. Lee Bailey was a great guy,” Simpson said.
During the trial, Simpson said Bailey would come into the holding cell each morning and give him an update on what to expect during the proceedings.
After he was acquitted, Bailey and Simpson continued their friendship. Simpson said Bailey continued to visit, even in his 80s, and was full of energy. Simpson joked he was often the one telling Bailey that he was tired and that he wanted to go to sleep.
Bailey wrote a book about the Simpson trial and while O.J. said he stays away from coverage of the case, he was looking forward to reading Bailey’s recount of the high-profile case.
“God bless his family, God bless you Lee,” Simpson said. “You’ll be missed by me.”
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