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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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KISS    

I love reading these comments - just enough proof to show that white America is still in fact racist. Not speaking of all but majority... YES! Ignorance.

757 days ago
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Throwback kid    

I know Rodney was a tortured soul and had drug and alcohol problems but there was no excuse for what the LAPD did to him, they beat him like an animal and I heard Rodney say in an interview that one of them called him the N word while they were doing it. No wonder no one trusts the LAPD. Those cops should have spent some time in a jail cell. RIP Mr King

757 days ago
18.

Ajalyn    

This isn't adding up. If the girlfriend saw him naked at 5 am banging on the glass that means he can't get in. Why didn't she open the door for him instead of going to get the phone? Was someone after him? This makes no sense.

757 days ago
19.

Ashlyn    

How sad :( My condolences to his family and friends. R.i.p

757 days ago
20.

Jdawg    

I do feel bad for his family !

757 days ago
21.

KISS    

By the way, I'm white and humiliated by this racism. When someone dies, bringing up their misfortune does not justify the fact that they're dead. White people need to stop carrying the strife of their fathers and stop being narcissistic of their race. We're all still human.

757 days ago
22.

Joybubble55    

I'm surprised he lasted so long...... I wonder if this will be called. Racist.... After all we would hate to put Al Sharp out of a job..... U can bet Rodney was drunk.... Au I am sure he will come out sounding like a saint thought his whole life....

757 days ago
23.

Throwback kid    

This is the third one of Dr Drews celebrity rehab patients to die. They should change the show to Dr Drew's Death Diary, the catch phrase could be watch your favorite D list celeb not get get treatment, then die! These people should go to a real Dr for help, Dr Drew is like a Kardashian with a medical degree, he wants attention and camera time 24/7

757 days ago
24.

KISS    

"Can We All Just Get Along?" - Rodney King

757 days ago
25.

LadyN    

I feel bad about this. Sometimes I think going on Dr. Drew's shows is a curse! You either die, go to jail, or are far worse off than when you started.

757 days ago
26.

Sexxybody2    

WOW !! SAD TO HEAR OF THIS NEWS ON FATHER'S DAY !!! R.I.P. RODNEY KING....

757 days ago
27.

Susan     

We should have picked our own cotton...

757 days ago
28.

me    

He was always part of the problem never part of the solution. Well I guess no more.

757 days ago
29.

Steph    

How sad! He had a rough life, and seemed like a nice guy. The story seems fishy though. Did she not let him in when she heard him screaming? What was he yelling for? Why did she need to get her phone? And why didn't she jump in the pool and get his head out of the water?

757 days ago
30.

Bubba    

The cops should used a pool

757 days ago
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