Carmelita Durio, sister of O.J. Simpson, dead at age 60

Carmelita Durio, 60, died Monday morning at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Durio was the sister of O.J. Simpson. She had been ill since collapsing in a Las Vegas courtroom in October after O.J. was convicted of robbery and kidnapping.
Six specialists were unable to diagnose what was wrong with Durio after the collapse. The cause of death has been declared complications of diabetes and kidney failure.

Family friend Tom Scotto told the LA Times:

“I think it was the stress. She just couldn’t take it,” Scotto said, noting that she had declined since October, when she last saw her brother. “Ever since the trial she just hasn’t been well,” said Scotto, who said he spoke to her every few days.

O.J. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year sentence in a Nevada state prison in Lovelock. He is not expected to be able to attend the funeral of his sister. Suzanne Pardee, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections, told the LA Times that there were no plans to allow Simpson, 61, to attend the funeral. The issue was discussed with the warden at Simpson’s facility.

Simpson “is in a medium-security facility,” Pardee said. “We get requests from time to time when a mother dies for an inmate to attend the funeral, but those are for minimum-security or community trustees.”

Durio attended both of her brother O.J.’s trials. The first trial dealt with the murders of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. He was acquitted of that crime but later was found liable and ordered to pay the families of the victims $33.5 million at a civil court trial.

Rador Online reports:

“Since Simpson was sent to prison Carmelita’s health deteriorated,” a source told RadarOnline.com. “He blames his Las Vegas legal woes and prison sentence for his sister’s death. He believes sending him to prison broke her heart and she’s dead because of it.”

Simpson and his sister were extremely close. She was a year younger than her famous brother.

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