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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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91.

Deport them both    

1) Smokes Crack 2) Lead Cops on a High Speed Chase 3) Disobey orders to stop resisting arrest 4) Creates Riots because he is a cry baby because he got detained 5) Has a bunch of Crack Babies 6) does more drugs 7) dies face down in someones pool. Yeah, lets build him a memorial for all of the kids to follow.

754 days ago
92.

GabyO    

Man was a misfit and loser! He just kept getting into trouble cos he was trash. Never pulled his head out of his ass to better himself after the riots. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

754 days ago
93.

MeValeMadre    

Obama's not answering any questions, as usual.

754 days ago
94.

myopinion    

RIP Rodney you are no longer suffering in pain from that horrible beating by LAPD or your drug and alcohol problems you are no longer suffering on this earth.

754 days ago
95.

what    

Awwww, a trouble making, parasite died. So sad.

This man would have bashed most of you idiots over the head for your wallet. Keep crying over him. lol

754 days ago
96.

Ira Titlinger    

A new black hero is reborn at his death.

R King is typical of what black culture (dah) hold sacred.

Or Water seeks it's own level. The bottom of a pool.

754 days ago
97.

MeValeMadre    

Obama's not answering questions, as usual.

754 days ago
98.

whooosh2    

47 is a little young to die, but most of his problems began with his activities.
Leading the cops on a 100+MPH chase and then wondering why they beat him is an exercise in stupidy. he made the cops risk the lives of other people on the road; including themselves, by not stopping.
king is just like obama; totally worthless to society, and I'd bet next months pay, that they find drugs in his system.
Anyone, want to bet that they try and cover it up?

754 days ago
99.

Carla628    

RIP...Didn't know you but I know your story. Prayers for the Family.

754 days ago
100.

just me    

what a surprise this guy was a piece of ****

754 days ago
101.

sslatten3    

From what people said, Rodney King was actually a very kind person. He was not without his problems, but who among us is?

Strangely, his famous quote, "Can't we all just get along?" is applicable now. RIP, Mr. King. Your life served to expose racism and corruption in the LAPD. That organization is reformed because of what happened to you.

754 days ago
102.

Deport them both    

1) Smokes Crack 2) Lead Cops on a High Speed Chase 3) Disobey orders to stop resisting arrest 4) Creates Riots because he is a cry baby because he got detained 5) Has a bunch of Crack Babies 6) does more drugs 7) dies face down in someones pool. Yeah, lets build him a memorial for all of the kids to follow.

754 days ago
103.

DrColostomy    

No thought about the innocent victims murdered by the maggots of east LA. Eric holder is trying to start a race war too!

754 days ago
104.

JohnWest    

I never watched that video until today. I am aware of what happened, but seeing it made me want do the same to those policemen. One in particular was extra sadistic.

Now I am glad they had the LA riots ... LA deserved it.

754 days ago
105.

Dan    

I have never seen the actual video until now. What a complete injustice. I hope those cops suffered dearly for it in this life as I know in the next they might not even be admitted into it.

754 days ago
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