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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
EXCLUSIVE

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.

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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).

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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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Kim    

RIP Rodney, hopefully your demons are gone and after life is peaceful. My condolences to your family and friends, stay strong.

668 days ago
377.

rsmik    

Can't we all just get a bong?

668 days ago
378.

lcmb    

Oh no! A loser drug addict can no longer drive through the streets high on drunks and alcohol.

This has got to be the worst day EVER.


/sarcasm

668 days ago
379.

Babydoll0630    

HOW LONG ARE YOU GONNA HOLD ON TO THIS STUPID HEADLINE??? WHITNEY AND MJ DIDN'T EVEN GET THIS .........................FREAKS.

668 days ago
380.

Grace    

All offenses this guy committed were all dropped. tsk tsk tsk http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/lapd/kingarrests.html

668 days ago
381.

thestupid    

The GOOD die young

668 days ago
382.

christie    

You mean 1992? RIP, Rodney King.

668 days ago
383.

Namor    

In November 1989, King robbed a store in Monterey Park, California. He threatened to hit the Korean store owner with an iron bar he was carrying, then hit him with a pole. King stole US$200 in the robbery. He was convicted, sentenced to two years imprisonment and released after serving a year.[4]

668 days ago
384.

lalet    

Who cares TMZ ! Not me.

668 days ago
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Takeshi yashima    

It is really sad to stars dying like this... R.I.P

667 days ago
386.

LK    

Silly Billy.

667 days ago
387.

Susan     

Rodney King died! Wow what a shocker he was drinking and smoking weed? Are you serious not Rodney King!! Didn't Rehab wit Dr Drew help him???NOT!!!!!...
I was there during riots and saw it all. I always wondered if he was white and black cops would beat him would he be famous?? Would we have had riots???No!!!!! Its still everything about race, YES!!!!Always will be...Sad but true.

667 days ago
388.

Ally    

The Bible says If you live by the sword, then you die by it too. Drugs will cause you to self destruct.

667 days ago
389.

fred    

Good. a retard drug addict that got his ass beat for a reason.

667 days ago
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Havier Santiago    

Had a little weed and got drunk. Dam, sounds like a good nite out. Karma or luck?

667 days ago
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