RIP Glenn Ford, 1949-2015

The Life and Death of Glenn Ford


Photo courtesy of Nick Arnold/New Orleans

Photo courtesy of Nick Arnold/New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana – On June 29, 2015, at 2:11 a.m., Glenn Ford, a proud father, grandfather, and resident of New Orleans, lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of sixty-five. He was surrounded by friends, loved ones, and family in recent days.

Glenn was born on October 22, 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was raised by his grandmother in California and then returned to Shreveport as a young man. Not long after his return to Shreveport, Glenn was convicted in 1984 of a murder he did not commit. He then spent 29 years, 3 months, and 5 days in solitary confinement on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

On March 10, 2014, Ford was exonerated on the basis of secret, still not publicly revealed information, and released the next day. At the time of his release, he was the longest-serving death row inmate in the United States. The State has so far denied Glenn’s petition under Louisiana’s wrongful conviction compensation statute; all Glenn received for his nearly thirty years on death row was $20 for a bus ride home from prison. Shortly after his release, Glenn was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Glenn’s several children live in California, where Glenn was able to visit. Glenn took great pride and joy in being the grandfather to more than ten grandchildren. Glenn was a vocal advocate for justice and a talented artist, with his drawings featured in print and on television.

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