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Rodney King

Dead at 47

6/17/2012 10:43 AM PDT UPDATED: 6/17/2012 4:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rodney King found dead.UPDATE 9:27 AM PT -- According to our sources, King's fiancée is telling friends King had been drinking and smoked weed in the hours before his death.

Rodney King -- the man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots -- was found dead this morning in Rialito, CA. He was 47.

According to our sources, King's fiancée found him dead at the bottom of the pool (see photo of the pool below, taken today).

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they responded to a call at 5:25 AM PT. We're told they physically removed King from the pool and attempted CPR.

Our sources say he was pronounced dead at 6:11 AM.

Law enforcement sources say Rialto PD will open a drowning investigation, but so far there are no signs of foul play.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck released a statement today saying, "Rodney King has a unique spot in both the history of Los Angeles and the LAPD. What happened on that cool March night over two decades ago forever changed me and the organization I love. His legacy should not be the struggles and troubles of his personal life but the immensely positive change his existence wrought on this City and its Police Department."

King became famous in 1991 when he was the victim of police brutality at the hands of the LAPD. The officers involved in the incident were acquitted the following year and the announcement of the verdict led to the Los Angeles riots. 

TMZ spoke with King about two months ago, where he seemed upbeat and introspective. 




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When can we expect Obama's announcement about his other look-a-like son?

826 days ago


All the negative comments are not even necessary. A life is lost. None of us knew this man only what the media showed us. If we turned the light on your lives what would it look like.

826 days ago


Rodney King

The Father of the Modern Race War. Oh no Karma don't get me because I didn't sugarcoat it.

826 days ago

What I Think    

Why didn't the media show the whole recording which I understand lasted a few minutes instead of just showing a few seconds of it. I remember Rush Limbaugh showed on his then TV show film shot shortly before the widely viewed beating and it showed Rodney King clearly attacking the officers before the first blows by them had even been struck.

Thanks to him, and the black racists who reacted in typical fashion, people were injured or killed and property destroyed. King got what he deserved and I am glad he is dead.

826 days ago

Lona caldwel    

RIP.....Rodney King now you can truly be at pease. Condolences to his family you will never be forgotten.

826 days ago

Sousa Man    

Why do you have to show the video again? How long has it been? Ya'll are just trying to reignite racial fires like they are doing with that Travor kid. Talk about media manipulation through lies and false information!

826 days ago


No evidence of foul play? Since the media can't find a white person to pin this on (or even a white-hispanic), they will have to settle for a couple of news segments talking about the "injustice" of the King beating while glossing over all of the crime perpetrated during the LA Riots, including the attempted murder of Reginald Denny.

826 days ago


Finally, the drugs got him. Good.

826 days ago


Found floating in swimming pool,..the millions he won suing the LA Police,..undoubtedly helped get him into that pool.

Ain't it funny how things work out?

826 days ago

Bulbo The White Guy    

If he had 'acted white' we would have never known his name.
Blame 'African-American' cultural-ism for his woes.

826 days ago

Peter Sc    

It is sad for his family but riots?

You can get the same treatment in Vestre prison in Copenhagen - Denmark and Amnesty can publish about it every single year without anyone caring about it.

826 days ago

Sousa Man    

Why show the video again? how long has it been? Why are you trying to start up racial tensions again? The media is behind all the racial baloney going on with the Trevor (?) case as well. Talk about media manipulation!

826 days ago


First Whitney, now Rodney.....geeze, if your last name ends in "ey" and you're bl ack, and you drink and do drugs regularly, maybe stick with SHOWERS?!

826 days ago


Rodney king didn't listen to police commands. He is nothing but a loser and if tasers were as prevalent as they are today nobody would ever know his name.

826 days ago


Good riddance to a useless n-i-g-g-e-r!

826 days ago
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