Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter's condition worsens

Rubin Carter with Toronto activists Sam Chaiton, left, and Terry Swinton, right, in 1992. (QMI...

Rubin Carter with Toronto activists Sam Chaiton, left, and Terry Swinton, right, in 1992. (QMI Files)

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer wrongfully convicted of murder, is fighting prostate cancer.

Carter was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and was given 3-6 months to live, but the frail 76-year-old is still fighting the disease.

"It's hard to look at him like this," his friend John Artis told the New York Daily News from their Toronto home.

Artis, a co-defendant with Carter in a 1966 triple murder in Paterson, N.J., said the terminal illness has reduced the former fighter to just 90 pounds, spending most of the day in bed.

"I have this helpless sensation there's nothing I can do other than make him as comfortable as possible," said Artis, 67, Carter's caretaker for the last two years.

Carter moved to Toronto in 1985 shortly after a judge overturned his murder conviction. He often spoke out about his experience and lent his voice to the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.

Carter was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 1999 motion picture The Hurricane, which told the story of how a group of Canadians and a Brooklyn teenager helped to free the incarcerated boxer.


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