Rodney King Dead at 47 … Found Dead in Swimming Pool … Victim at the Center of the 1991 LA Police Beating & Subsequent Riots is Dead … Rest in Peace
47 year old Rodney King has been found dead in his swimming pool according to his fiancee, Cynthia Kelly. Police in Rialto, CA received a 911 call at about 5:25 am PT from King’s fiancee. According to reports, King was found in the pool by his fiance. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and attempted to revive him. Rodney King was pronounced dead at a local hospital. King is best known as the victim of the LAPD beating that sparked riots in 1992. Since that sad mark in history, King was arrested or detained by police at least a dozen times on charges ranging from DUI to domestic violence.
Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee confirmed. He was 47.
Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King’s fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy DeAnda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and attempted to revive him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, DeAnda said.
There were no preliminary signs of foul play, he said, and no obvious injuries on King’s body. Police are conducting a drowning investigation, DeAnda said, and King’s body would be autopsied.
“His fiancee heard him in the rear yard,” he said, and found King in the pool when she went outside.
As reported by TMZ, Rodney King, was pronounced dead after CPR was attempted on King. Law enforcement sources say Rialto PD will open a drowning investigation.
Sadly, Rodney King became famous in 1991 when he was the victim of the police brutality beating at the hands of the LAPD. Matters became even worse in Los Angeles when the police officers involved in the beating incident were acquitted the following year. The announcement of the acquittal verdict led to the Los Angeles riots.
VIDEO OF THE RODNEY KING BEATING
A bystander videotaped much of the incident from a distance. The footage shows four LAPD officers severely beating King, striking him 56 times.
The L.A. riots, which started April 29, 1992, was the worst riot in U.S history. Fifty-three people died and more than 2,000 were injured. Arsonists set some 7,000 fires and caused $1 billion in damage.
ABC News reminds us that it was Rodney King who made the famous plea for peace following the acquittal: “I just want to say – can we all get along?” For those of you too young to remember or who have forgot, see the VIDEO below of the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict and the backlash, violence that took place.
UPDATE I: TMZ is reporting that Rodney King was drinking and smoking weed before he was found drown in pool. However, some friends of King are questioning her story. Honestly, let the man Rest in Peace. In his immortal words, “Can’t we all just get along” and let this man’s soul rest in eternal peace?
According to our sources, King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, is telling friends King was at the house all day drinking, and he smoked marijuana at some point, before she went to bed at 2:00 AM.