Aaren Simpson was the youngest daughter of O.J Simpson, a College Football and Pro Football Hall of Famer, and his first wife, Marguerite L. Whitley, an American former football running back. Aaren Simpson unexpectedly died at the age of one and eleven months after drowning in their California home’s family pool. Despite her early death, her family has been extensively covered by the media for decades due to her father’s legal troubles, particularly after he was convicted of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.



Orenthal James Simpson and Marguerite L. Whitley gave birth to Aaren Lashone Simpson on September 24, 1977, in California, United States. She was the smallest of her parents’ three daughters, with an older sister, Arnelle L. Simpson, born on December 4, 1968, and a younger brother named Jason Lamar Simpson, born on April 21, 1970.

His father eventually married again after his separation from Whitley. He had two more children, daughter Sydney Brooke Simpson, born in 1985, and son Justin Ryan Simpson, born in 1988, from his second wife to server Nicole Brown in 1985, though Aaren Simpson was not present to witness it.

Aaren Simpson’s nationality was American, and her ethnicity was African-American. In addition, her zodiac sign was Libra

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OJ Simpson, her father

O.J Simpson, Aaren Simpson’s father, was a popular ex-college football running back for the USC Trojans, where he led his team to win the Heisman Trophy in 1968. Later in his career, he played for the Buffalo Bills (from 1969 to 1977) and the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL (from 1978 to 1979).

He was the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season in 1973, and he remains the only player to do so during the NFL’s 14-game regular season. He still holds the single-season yardage record of 143.1 yards per game. OJ had already declared his intention to retire before his daughter died, and he did so a few months later.

Full NameAaren Simpson
Date of Birth September 24, 1977
Birth PlaceCalifornia, United States
Age1 year
Father's Name O.J Simpson
Mother's Name Marguerite L. Whitley
Siblings Arnelle L. Simpson
Jason Lamar Simpson
Sydney Brooke Simpson
Justin Ryan Simpson
OccupationCelebrity Child
Body MeasurementUnknown
Hair ColorBlack
Eyes ColorBlack
Date of DeathAugust 26, 1979
Place of DeathUCLA Health Westlake Village Primary & Specialty Care, Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Cause of DeathRespiratory Failure
Her Father's Net Worth$3 Million

Her parents

Aaren’s parents were high school sweethearts who met while attending Galileo High School in San Francisco. She saw his closest mate Al ‘AC’ Cowlings, when they first met, and he was the one who introduced them. Whitley started dating Simpson after breaking up with Cowlings for a while.

When Simpson was 19 years old and a freshman at the University of Southern California, they married on June 24, 1967. However, as Simpson’s popularity grew, his loyalty to his wife declined, as he became involved in extramarital affairs, straining his marriage with Whitley. The couple had been together for about 11 years when they divorced in March 1979.

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Aaren Simpson
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Aaren’s death

Aaren Simpson was left unsupervised at her mother’s house in Los Angeles on the afternoon of August 18, 1979, just a few months after her parent’s divorce, and plunged into the family swimming pool. Her mother then dragged her out of the water, unconscious.

Paramedics noticed no vital signs in her body when they arrived at the scene but could resurrect her using mouth-to-mouth and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on the way to UCLA Medical Center. However, Aaren Simpson fell into a coma and had to be held alive by a life support device. She finally succumbed to respiratory failure eight days later, on August 26 at 6:45 p.m.

Following her death, her family released a statement thanking well-wishers for their prayers and encouragement and asking people to donate to the ULCA Cancer Research Center rather than send flowers. A private funeral service was held a few days later, with only immediate family members in attendance.

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Aaren Simpson
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