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Rodney King

Drinking, Smoking Weed

Before Drowning

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

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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Madison    

TMZ TAKE DOWN SOME OF THESE RACIST COMMENTS! WHO MONITORS THIS BOARD DAYUAM

768 days ago
62.

Ursula    

OK he was banging on the window and instead of opening it she left him outside and went to get her phone?? WTF!!! What a stupid Girl she is partially to blame had she opened the door for him she wouldn't have heard the "big splash" cuz he would have been inside.. And damn how long did it take her to get that phone that he had enough time to drown?? Something isn't right!!

768 days ago
63.

Matthew    

Sad story! I thought he was on the path to a better life. He was on the Dr. Drew Show trying to cope with addictions. I remember the riots in the early 90's and how those white cops beat him and tazed him over and over. I am disgusted at some of these comments, It proves those people are ignorant. RIP Rodney!!!

768 days ago
64.

CountryGal    

So blacks can make comments about whites TMZ but whites/Hispanics can't make comments about blacks? Who are the racist ones here? I see the comments you are deleting and the ones you keep up.

768 days ago
65.

jasman    

he turned his life around for about a week. then went back on the drugs and the booze.

768 days ago
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Bruno    

Why do good guys always have to go first? R.I.P. Rodney. You have been loved and a source of inspiration to many

768 days ago
67.

makeitstop    

bath salts??

768 days ago
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myopinion    

It doesn't make since the comments that his girlfriend made something fishy...RIP Rodney

768 days ago
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Truth    

THERE WERE TWO GUYS IN THE CARS WITH HIM that the cops didn't touch. Why? Because they did what the cops told them to do. The apologists always leave this fact out. Rodney King didn't get beat enough by the cops for leading them on a drunken high speed chase through neighborhoods. Just imagine it coming down your street at 100mph.

768 days ago
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angela    

It reads like possible foul play. why was he SCREAMING in the back yard? Why would he be BANGING on the glass?? A splash in the pool??
Why would he jump in the pool? ...or was he thrown into the pool after being hit /beaten. It definitely sounds like he wasn't in that backyard alone.

768 days ago
71.

Blah Blah    

Bath Salts.

768 days ago
72.

Ladytizz    

Cynthia needs to STFU! Way to go, tellin ur man's bizz. U deserve nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

768 days ago
73.

Dave    

Wait a second here....hehe....WHOA!! Major "there's more to this story" RED FLAG here!!

Ok, ole Rodney was nekkid, banging on the door to his OWN HOUSE?, and she ran up and said "What's the matter Rodney?" THEN went to get her phone? Why didn't she open the door? Was it locked? Was she afraid Rodney was chimping out again on crack? Why go get the phone instead of determine what was wrong? Maybe he got stung by a bee?

THEN she hears a big splash, runs outside THEN, and finds him "in the bottom of the pool"? Does she mean AT the bottom of the pool, or had he become part of the cement?

Seems if he were alive enough and sober enough to be shouting for her and banging on the door, he's have been strong enough and sober enough to keep from drowning.

Can't WAIT to see the toxicology and police investigation reports on this.....

Maybe a Bush did it......rofl!!!

Adios pendejo!

768 days ago
74.

Diann Marshall    

Why was he sereaming? and why didn't Kelly open the glass doors instead of going for her phone? Did she see something else? Someone need to get to the bottom of this, sounds fishy to me.

768 days ago
75.

Ladytizz    

Cynthia needs to STFU! Way to go puttin ur man's bizz on the street. You deserve nothing. Matter of fact ur the reason probably!!!!!!!!!!!!!

768 days ago
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