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Rodney King found dead in swimming pool

Posted by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police in 1991 sparked the L.A. riots, was found dead at his California home on Sunday. He was 47.

Police said King's fiancée discovered him at the bottom of the swimming pool at their Rialto, Calif., home, about 55 miles east of Los Angeles.

Police responded to a call at 5:25 a.m., pulled King out of the pool and attempted CPR, but could not revive him.

King's representative Suzanne Wickman confirmed to his death to KABC-TV. According to TMZ, King's fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, told friends King spent the bulk of Saturday drinking and "smoked marijuana at some point," before she went to went to bed at 2:00 a.m.

The cause of death is unknown, but police are investigating it as a drowning. Rialto Police Capt. Randy DeAnda told CNN there were no preliminary signs of foul play.

King was beaten by four white LAPD officers following a DUI stop on March 3, 1991. Footage captured by an amateur videographer showed the officers hitting King 56 times with wooden batons.

"I just got lucky that night to have the cameras on me," King said in April, marking the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots. "When I saw the tape, I was so happy that it was on tape and then looking at it, it was like I was in another body. I felt like I had died in that one, and was just watching it."

by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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kathislove80
by Gold Member on Jun. 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM
Sad.
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KeepOnWalking
by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 2:26 PM
Never heard of him...BUMP
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Bird16_J
by on Jun. 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Eh people die every day. It happens.


saraface5383
by Gold Member on Jun. 17, 2012 at 2:43 PM
April 26th 1992 there was a riot on the streets tell me where were you...
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