The executor of O.J. Simpson’s estate, Malcolm LaVergne, who also served as Simpson’s longtime attorney, has announced that the former NFL star will be cremated, with no parts of his body, including his brain, being donated for scientific research. This decision comes amidst discussions about studying Simpson’s brain for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma often found in former football players. Despite suggestions from researchers interested in examining his brain, LaVergne firmly stated, “That’s a hard no. His entire body, including his brain, will be cremated.”

Family and Legal Matters

In addition to handling the arrangements for Simpson’s cremation, LaVergne is organizing a private celebration of life, limited to close friends and family. Simpson, who had children with his first and second wives, remains a figure of significant public interest even in death. LaVergne also addressed ongoing tensions with the Goldman family, who won a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment against Simpson in 1997. He expressed a desire to reduce confrontations and handle estate matters more diplomatically, stating, “Now that I understand my role as the executor and the personal representative, it’s time to tone down the rhetoric and really get down to what my role is as a personal representative.”