ONLY ON RADAR: O.J.’s Sister Dies; He Breaks Down

Apr. 6 2009, Published 10:53 a.m. ET

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O.J. Simpson’s sister Carmelita Durio died Monday, leaving the jailed former football star sobbing, has learned exclusively.

Durio, 60, passed away in a San Francisco-area hospital from complications of diabetes.

When Simpson was told the bad news he broke down in his prison cell at the Locklove Detention Center near Reno, Nevada, a source familiar with the situation told

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Durio attended Simpson’s Las Vegas trial for armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with the theft of sports memorabilia from a hotel room. The siblings were extremely close, family sources told Durio is a year younger than Simpson.          

“Since Simpson was sent to prison Carmelita’s health deteriorated,” a source told “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.”



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