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Lawyer F. Lee Bailey dead at 87

O.J. Simpson (L) greets attorney F. Lee Bailey as they leave the funeral service of Johnnie Cochran at West Angeles Cathedral in Los Angeles' Crenshaw District April 6, 2005. Bailey died Thursday. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
O.J. Simpson (L) greets attorney F. Lee Bailey as they leave the funeral service of Johnnie Cochran at West Angeles Cathedral in Los Angeles' Crenshaw District April 6, 2005. Bailey died Thursday. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

June 3 (UPI) -- F. Lee Bailey, a criminal defense attorney perhaps best known for representing O.J. Simpson during his murder trial, died Thursday in Atlanta, his family announced. He was 87.

Bendrix Bailey told The New York Times his father died while in hospice care, but declined to reveal the cause. He said he had been in poor health in recent years.

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Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman told The Boston Globe that F. Lee Bailey, his former partner, had moved from Massachusetts to Georgia to be near his son Scott Bailey.

F. Lee Bailey was a member of the legal team that successfully defended former NFL star Simpson against charges he murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994.

Simpson posted a video message on Twitter in reaction to the news of F. Lee Bailey's death.

"I lost a great one. F Lee Bailey you will be missed," Simpson said.

F. Lee Bailey also represented actor Patty Hearst for crimes she committed with the Symbionese Liberation Army after the group kidnapped her, and Albert DeSalvo, the so-called Boston Strangler, who was convicted of sexual assaults, but not the slayings to which he confessed.

He was disbarred in Florida and Massachusetts in 2014 for misconduct.

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