Who was Robert Kardashian? Father of Kim Kardashian and OJ Simpson’s lawyer – The Sun

BEFORE Kim Kardashian and her famous family, there was another member of the star-studded brood who was famous first.

Robert Kardashian was propelled to fame when he helped to defend OJ Simpson.

Who was Robert Kardashian?

Robert Kardashian was an American attorney and businessman who shot to fame as he stood by pal and American football star OJ Simpson during his 1995 murder trial.

Kardashian is now also known for being the ex-husband of Kris Jenner and dad of Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob – stars of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Robert was born in LA in 1944. He studied business and law at university practising the later for about 10 years.

The born again Christian was later involved in a number of enterprises including a frozen yogurt company,  magazine Radio & Records, and music company Movie Tunes.

He was said to have a fortune of about $30million.

The businessman divorced wife Kris in 1991 and she would go on to marry Bruce Jenner, later Caitlyn Jenner, with the couple having two more daughters Kendall and Kylie.

Robert died in 2003 eight weeks after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 59.

What happened between Robert Kardashian and OJ Simpson?

Robert Kardashian and O.J. Simpson reportedly met playing tennis in 1969 and became close friends.

Robert, Kris, OJ and his wife Nicole Brown would spend time together before the demise of their marriages.

On June 13, 1994, Nicole Brown and a friend, Ronald Goldman, were found dead outside Brown's home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.

Brown had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck, and had defensive wounds on her hands.

The following day a warrant was issued for OJ's arrest and as he flew back to LA from Chicago, Robert was by his side.

The attorney turned businessman was carrying Simpson's bulging Louis Vuitton bag and cops would later quiz him on its contents. But he said he had never looked inside.

Following the killings Simpson hid out at Robert's house amid huge media interest.

When the football ace went on the run, leading cops on a 60-mile car chase, his friend read a letter he had left behind to the media.

The appearance launched him into the public consciousness.

Robert would become a volunteer assistant on Simpson's legal team – dubbed the "dream team" – alongside Robert Shapiro and Johnnie Cochran.

The football player was acquitted of the murders by a jury at 10am on October 3, 1995.

In post-trial interviews with the jurors, a few said they believed he did commit the murders but said the prosecution had failed to prove their case.

In 1996 Robert was reportedly questioned about his friend's innocence, telling Barbara Walters "I have doubts".

Did Robert Kardashian ever appear on Keeping Up With the Kardashians?

Robert Kardashian had died four years before the first episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians aired in 2007.

There have now been 13 series of the hit US show.

Robert’s friend Larry Kraines insists the late man would be as “proud as punch” of his girls, pagesix reports.

Did Robert Kardashian appear as a hologram?

To celebrate Kim's 40th birthday, her husband Kanye West gave her the ultimate gift.

He had a hologram of her father made.

You can watch Robert come to life in the hologram at the top of this article

 

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