12:46 p.m. Pacific Time – Bailey’s eldest son, Bendrix lee bailey, tells TMZ … F. Lee died Thursday morning in Georgia, where he was in palliative care.
He says his father’s death was NOT related to COVID-19, and the family chalks him to old age.
Bendrix also said Bailey did not want a funeral and would most likely be cremated, but the family are considering celebrating the life.
F. Lee Bailey, one of the most famous lawyers in American history, has passed away.
Bailey has represented some of the most notorious defendants in case law. He represented, among others, Boston Strangler Albert De Salvo, Patty hearst, Sam sheppard and of course, JO Simpson.
Bailey actually made a name for himself early in his career, but not as a lawyer. He was the host of a television show, “Good Company,” in 1967, in which he interviewed celebrities in their homes. In 1983 he had another show … “Lie Detector”, where he interviewed guests and submitted their answers to a polygraph.
You probably remember him the most from the OJ Simpson criminal trial, where he associated with Johnnie cochran, Robert shapiro, Robert kardashian and others. One of the most dramatic parts of the trial was when Bailey cross-examined the former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman and made it clear to the jury that the former cop used the n-word. Many of those who covered the trial felt this was the moment the jury would decide to find Simpson not guilty.
Bailey got in big trouble after the Simpson trial. He was struck off the bar in 2001 for transferring assets from a client to his own personal bank account.
An interesting turning point in his life… he was arrested in 1982 for drunk driving in California and broke rap with his lawyer – none other than Robert Shapiro.
In 2009, Bailey wrote and passed the bar exam in Maine, but was barred from practicing because the bar felt he lacked the “honesty and integrity” to practice law. .
Simpson posted a video after hearing about Bailey’s death and said his former lawyer recently completed a book on OJ’s criminal trial.
Bailey got married 4 times and had 3 children.