Bob Dylan’s ‘Hurricane’ Subject, 76-year-old Rubin Carter Dies

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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The boxer whose unfair murder conviction was the center of Bob Dylan’s famous song ‘Hurricane’, Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, has died while sleeping in Toronto due to prostate cancer at the age of 76. A wrongful conviction of Carter led him to spend 19 years in prison for three murders that took place in 1966. The decision led to immediate end of his promising boxing career, whereas he was eventually freed in 1985 after years of appeals and public protests including Dylan’s 1975 song.

Dylan met Carter before writing ‘Hurricane,’ which he performed on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975. The lyrics of the highly ranked song went like “that’s the story of the Hurricane/But it won’t be over till they clear his name/And give him back the time he’s done/Put him in a prison cell but one time he could-a been/The champion of the world.” After being freed, Carter worked to free wrongfully imprisoned people, the most prominent among which was the release of David McCallum, convicted of a kidnapping and murder in 1985.

The news about Carter’s death was reported by Billboard, which cited his friend, Thom Kidrin, as a source which also confirmed that Carter would be cremated, with some of the ashes given to his family. Meanwhile, Bob Dylan will no longer face charges of incitement to hatred in France following comments he made about Croatians in a 2013 interview with Rolling Stone France.

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