With little evidence, the National Enquirer claims that O.J. Simpson has contracted diabetes and is near death inside his Nevada prison complex.
UNCONFIRMED: But probably false. Simpson's lawyer says he's healthy and hale, and the Enquirer's source is unsurprisingly anonymous.
Supermarket shoppers were greeted in classically dramatic fashion in checkout lines this week by the National Enquirer, which announced that O.J. Simpson is near death in prison with "THREE MONTHS TO LIVE!" So is the rather plump convicted robber truly on death's door thanks to diabetes, high blood pressure and poor eating habits? Here's what we know.
United States laws make getting information on a person's health from a hospital or medical facility next to impossible. Simpson is currently serving a 33-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Pershing County, Nev. MSN News spoke with Brian Connett, public information officer for the Nevada Department of Corrections. Although Connett could not comment specifically on Simpson's health, when asked about allegations that the former NFL star is near death, he laughed.
"I can tell you that inmate Simpson is in general population and interacting with other inmates," Connett said.
As the Daily Mail and Inquisitr also reported, the Enquirer cites an anonymous source telling them that Simpson's blood pressure is "sky high" and he rarely exercises, preferring to eat junk food all day instead.
Simpson's attorney Ozzie Fumo wasn't immediately available for questions from MSN News, but he told the Daily Mail that Mr. Simpson's is "very good."
"As far as I know his health is very good, he was doing just fine. I just spoke to him on Saturday," Fumo told the Daily Mail. "I spent a lot of time with him preparing for the retrial motion, and he never once mentioned diabetes."
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