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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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46.

Tuco     

Piece of trash.

825 days ago
47.

nof    

More to this story than meets the eye.


When people we love ... die ...


We tend to make excuses.


Clean the scene up.


Deny drugs/alcohol were contributing factor.


But Rodney's fiancee's done the exact opposite.


"He was behaving strangely, using drugs and alcohol all day and night."


Unusual response from her, just sayin' ...

825 days ago
48.

nof    

Had he only been able to make the most of this opportunity -


- clean himself up -


Now a certain element, World-wide, will say:


"Friggin' n**ga."


The truth is it's hard to overcome poverty/cir***stance -


But he tried.

825 days ago
49.

Ger    

I feel very sad. How Rodney dealt and lived life after what happened to him. My thoughts are with his family. God speed Rodney! I also wonder how Regenal Denny must feel hearing this news. I hope he is doing okay.

825 days ago
50.

Woot    

So utterly, dismally sad. I kept thinking he was on the verge of self-healing, but just hadn't found the right path. This was NOT a bad man.... just a lost one. Rest in peace, beautiful man.

825 days ago
51.

Jackazz flatts    

They mean he was drinking good spirits before the accident

825 days ago
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