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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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adm    

Well, he'll join the othet 50+ people who died during the riots, some innocent bystanders.

669 days ago
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Mulholland Drive    

Tragic story. He's got children, how sad for them to lose their Dad on Father's Day. He had so many problems with substance abuse after the beating. A trauma he couldn't heal with therapy. RIP

669 days ago
123.

CountryGal    

So I hear obama is trying to start a race war to delay the elections. Martial Law will keep everyone inside and off the streets. Anyone notice a lot of racial stories in the news lately?

669 days ago
124.

Dean    

Good

669 days ago
125.

Chuck N. Jive    

Move along, nothing to see here......... Next Story

669 days ago
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artemis133    

RIP Rodney. A tough life and a tough death.

669 days ago
127.

Dean    

Good

669 days ago
128.

Skep41    

Aw. What a bummer. Rodney King was an anti-celebrity...a little guy caught up in things much bigger than he was by no doing of his own. He definitely had his ups and downs but he never was a poser or pushed himself on us. Rodney was real. 'Cant we all just get along' isnt a bad thing to have chiseled on your tommbstone. RIP Rodney King.

669 days ago
129.

Jonny Chepe    

George Bush did it...

669 days ago
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Phineas    

And It coldn'a happened to a nicer guuuuuuuuy....20 years too late to the damage that HE,AND THE BLACKS THAT RIOTED,TARGETING INNOCENT WHITES,AND NOT THE LAPD, that have caused irreparable damage and destruction of L.A.,if not the entire state of California in the 20 years since.

669 days ago
131.

Stratcat    

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!!!!

669 days ago
132.

Buttchop    

They should use his big, dumb corpse for a K-9 attack dummy. He'd be more useful in death than he ever was in life.

669 days ago
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maroon    

One less Obama vote. feel sorry for the children though. This was going to happen ... alcoholic..= death, jail, locked up.

669 days ago
134.

Ursula    

R.I.P Rodney King..my condolacence to his family...u will always to remembered. u are apart of history along with martin luther king.....

669 days ago
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Gordon Campbell    

Poor man-I really wished for a happy ending.God Bless him and R.I.P.

669 days ago
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