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Rodney King

Drinking, Smoking Weed

Before Drowning

6/17/2012 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0617_getty_rodney_kingRodney King's fiancée is telling friends Rodney had been drinking all day Saturday ... and had smoked weed in the hours leading up to his death ... sources close to King tell TMZ. 

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. 

We're told Kelley says she next saw King at around 5:00 AM when she was awoken by him screaming in the backyard. Our sources say Kelley found King naked, banging on the glass, and she called out to him, "What's wrong, Rodney?"

Kelley is telling friends she then went to grab her phone when she heard a big splash. She then went to the backyard and discovered him in the bottom of the pool and called police.

Paramedics attempted to revive King, but were unsuccessful.


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Such a VERY SAD ending. This man went thru SO MUCH PAIN & SUFFERING in his short life, I hope now he can REST IN PEACE. Thoughts and prayers to his Family.

828 days ago


I'm not believing this until it's in a police report. She can tell friends whatever she wants, but only what she tells the cops matter.

828 days ago


The girlfriend's story doesn't make sense. He falls in the pool and he doesn't try to get himself out and she doesn't try to get him out herself? Some people say that maybe she doesn't know how to swim. If neither knew how to swim; why in the hell do they have a pool for? That alone does not make sense. Did she even try screaming at the top of her lungs to wake up the neighbors for help or did she just go to a phone to call for help? The bigger question is how long was he under the water before she called for help?

828 days ago


The title... Really, TMZ? On Father's Day? Couldn't you wait for all that?

828 days ago


I bet his wife locked him outside and went back to sleep and then he died. Now she feels quilty.

828 days ago


This story is all kinds of weird. He was screaming for help. She didn't open the dor to let him in or to see what was wrong, she looked for her cell phone. She then heard a splash. At that point the theory is that he was alive but drowning. Did she DO anything then? Try to help? Call 911, throw him something to help keep him afloat? You don't drown on impact. I think there is something really strange about her story. Maybe he had a health issue and just fell into the pool (heart attack?). The girlfriend's reactions seem odd to me.

828 days ago


Oh, I didn't realize that TMZ was full of whit racists... You guys are so mean and insensitive. Gosh, what mean people we have in this world. And on Father's Day. Have some sympathy folks

828 days ago


I smell bullsh*t in this story. King's 'fiance' is telling a story that sounds implausible; as if it were meant to deflect attention from what really happened.

828 days ago


For society the weekend is a time of being wasted and pretending you're under the legal drinking age or being to yourself to relax and get a piece of mind. He obviously fell asleep while in a pool of water, his fiancee obviously wasn't going to be just wife for obvious reasons. She should have fell asleep in the pool with his dumb a** too!!! Anyways he was partying like a rockstar and bs happened and his heart stopped. Sometimes it is ones time and Sometimes its man made entities, I think Rodney's was nature's calling.

828 days ago


So the whole Riot thing back then was just an excuse for certain species to VENT?

828 days ago


This is a dude that could have used his situation to empower a network of people. RODNEY... R.I.P my brother!

828 days ago


Here comes the racist remarks

828 days ago


For everyone saying Rodney King was an innocent victim. The man was drunk driving at 2.5 times the legal limit and high on PCP. He led officers on a high speed chase because drunk driving would have violated his parole for a robbery conviction.

If you watch the video, he was resisting arrest. Not lying down. He got up and tossed 2 officers off his back and then pushed another in the chest. If he had just laid down as he was told. He would not have been hit.

This has nothing to do with racism. It was a drunk high man, who led police on a high speed chase, and then resisted arrest. Guaranteed he was high on something more than marijuana when he died.

828 days ago


My guess and according to scientist who have tried to make 'Weed' a bad thing, is they can not, so alcohol again will have to take the blame. I wish so much that alcohol was illegal. With weed most people just sit down and relax, but not wine and other drugs, the 'spirits really mess up your mind and I will say mixing pot with them is not a good idea, had the man been toking he would or might likely be alive.Who knows? Many people think they do. LOL

828 days ago


Justice has beeN served! Restless in hell now!

828 days ago
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