Robert Kardashian is the father of Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Robert Jr. He is most famous for being a lawyer on OJ Simpson's big murder case in 1995. The trial actually caused a bit of a divide in the family because Nicole Simpson, OJ's wife, was a good friend of the family. She was murdered and OJ was the prime suspect, so when Robert Kardashian defended him, Kris Jenner and some of the others were very upset. According to Daily Mail a big reason for Kris and Robert's divorce was her "lavish spending" though Kris has admitted on Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she had an affair with a man named Todd Waterman when she was married to Robert Kardashian. It was this affair that broke up their marriage. While going through the divorce, Kris had stated that there was verbal abuse involved and said that daughter Kim was witness to it, explaining in the divorce petition that: As a result of (Robert) and my irreconcilable differences, there is a tremendous amount of discord at the family residence. On May 3, 1990 Kimberly found me crying after a brutal conversation with (Robert) and she became so upset I had a difficult time getting her to her carpool on time. Kimberly called my office twice that afternoon crying hysterically, begging me to come home. Robert Kardashian was reportedly very angry about the affair and then upset that Kris had moved on with Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner.
Robert Kardashian was born to Armenian parents, who ran the largest meat-packing business in southern California. Kardashian grew up to attain a degree in business and later in law. After divorcing Kris Jenner in 1991, he became engaged to Denice Shakarian Halicki, but later married Jan Ashley. This marriage ended in annulment and then he married Ellen Pierson just six weeks prior to his death. On Keeping Up With the Kardashians, we've heard Kardashian's children talk about the bad relationship they had with Pierson and how there was no trust with her. Kardashian died of esophageal cancer at age 59 on September 30, 2003, just two months after being diagnosed with the illness. While some were suspicious as to why Kardashian and Pierson got married so close to his death, Pierson explained to In Touch: I was with Robert for almost five years total. I dated him for three years, and he proposed to me in 2001. We married two months prior to his passing in 2003 and planned a wedding — we didn’t just run right out and get married. In January 2013, Pierson released journals of Robert Kardashian's that painted an unflattering picture of Kris Jenner. Immediately, the Kardashian brood fired back and called her a lying opportunist. Khloe Kardashian responded with this comment: How can such a piece of trash even mention my father’s name? You married him on his deathbed while he was not even aware of his surroundings. Kim Kardashian stated: This woman he married 4 2 wks before he died needs 2 get a job instead of trying 2 destroy families w fake stories. In response, Pierson told In Touch: I am simply stating the facts and the truth— their father’s truth. I simply delivered hand-written diaries from their father. They are my property at the disposal of whatever I so choose. Robert would have no problem with that. In court documents, Kim Kardashian talked about Pierson's behavior in her father's final days, explaining: She changed the locks on the doors when my dad was sick and told us to not come visit our dad, not come see him. We let that go for a few days, then finally we’re like, "That’s our dad, he is dying, we will come over there. Dad, open the door. We know she’s gone. We came back to the house and we got in there and we took a key. And we had to, like, force our way in the house. Pierson's response was: At the moment Robert took his last breath, none of his children were by his side, opting instead to attend a party at Kourtney’s home.
In an interview with Giuliana Rancic, Kris Jenner opened up about her ex-husband Robert, who she was married to from 1978 until 1991. Kris stated: It was so surreal, the knowledge he had cancer was one thing, but to think it would actually take his life, I never in a million years thought that would happen to him. As for the demise of her marriage, Kris said that she basically wasn't mature enough to understand the hard work that goes into marriage. Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner (Kris' other ex-husband) stated on an episode of KUWTK that when Robert Kardashian was dying, Bruce promised to always take care of his kids. For more information on Robert Kardashian, click through our gallery of his best photos. (Instagram)