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Rodney King

He Was In Good Spirits

Before he Died

6/17/2012 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0617_rodney_king_getty_tmzRodney King sounded upbeat and excited about an upcoming celebrity boxing match, this according to a friend who spoke to him just hours before his death.

Damon Feldman -- who worked with King on the boxing circuit and has known him for several years -- tells TMZ he spoke to King at 4:00 PM and they discussed his future in boxing.

Feldman says Rodney was excited about his next boxing match -- a fight with Jose Canseco -- that was to take place in August. A press conference had been scheduled for June 29 to announce the battle.

Feldman tells TMZ that Rodney was thrilled to be working again and looking forward to getting back in the ring. 

King died early this morning at his home in Rialto, CA. He was 47.

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1.

parlayer    

rodney king went the way of martin luther king. rip

766 days ago
2.

Cartman    

Who knew swim pools were racist?

766 days ago
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Bryan    

He was in good spirits because he was drunk! Duh! haha

766 days ago
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patty    

That's very sad and unfortunate, condolences to the King family

766 days ago
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j    

All the racist activists will come out now and say he was a good man. Pfffffffffffffffffffffffff...

766 days ago
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Cartman    

This is the most significant celebrity death since Michael Jackson.

766 days ago
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ABB    

"He Was In Good Spirits
Before he Died " OR! full of spirits of the kind you buy at the corner liquor store?

766 days ago
8.

Scott Rodriguez    

He was drinking

766 days ago
9.

Lil Wayne    

LONG LIVE THE KING!

766 days ago
10.

Jack    

Wonder if Dr. Drew will attend the funeral of another of his 'success' stories. Dr. Drew, the biggest sham in Hollywood and that's saying something because the competition is strong.

766 days ago
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Jay W.     

RIP Rodney...

766 days ago
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Mary    

What a waste of a life, not ot mention the pain he caused to innocent people. Gone for good, not soon enough.

766 days ago
13.

Star Whacker    

Sad for thoe who love him, NOT sad for him!

766 days ago
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YouDontSay    

Ok now your stories are just stupid. Of course he was in good spirits at 4 pm he was drinking by 2 am the alcohol demons were in full bloom. Man cant you let him be at peace.

766 days ago
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ginger    

He was murdered. The dumb ass girlfriend heard a "splash" ... found him in the water... in a pool ... & was unable to pull him out. I'm sure we'll hear her deathbed confession ... like a Rolling Stone!

766 days ago
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