San Francisco Eunice Simpson, the quiet matriarch who stood by her son O.J. as he went from celebrated football hero to accused double murderer, died Friday at her home in San Francisco. She was 80.
Simpson, who had a history of heart disease, died at home in the city's Bayview District, said her daughter, Shirley Baker, who lived with her mother in the house purchased as a gift in the 1970s by O.J. Simpson.
Eunice Simpson is best known for the visible support she lent her son during his 1995 trial for the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Weakened by a stroke, she made numerous appearances often in a wheelchair and testified on his behalf.
Reached at his South Florida home before heading to San Francisco, a somber O.J. Simpson said, "If anybody deserves to be in heaven, it's her. She raised four kids virtually alone. I never heard her have an argument or say a bad word about anybody."