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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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Jack    

A sad life ended in a sad way. RIP

770 days ago
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Keyser Söze    

47... That's really too young to die.

My condoleance to his family.

770 days ago
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matt    

That video is still hard to watch, and to think, there are people then and now, that still believe he deserved it.

770 days ago
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shasta_in_atl    

Sad.

770 days ago
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Just_Me    

Wow, I'm stunned! God bless his family.

770 days ago
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CN    

I actually watched Celeb Rehab when he was on, and he seemed like a really nice guy. Lots of bad breaks in life, and addiction on top of it, but he was a decent, caring man. Remember, it was RK who famously said, "Why can't we all get along?". RIP, Rodney.

770 days ago
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namers    

I am truly saddened. He stood for race relations in Los Angeles and had narrowly escaped death at the hands of police, only to die a horrible death. I enjoyed watching him on Celebrity Rehab as I saw the person he was trying to become. He was kind and articulate and a loving father. Sadly, his demons caught up with him. RIP Rodney, you WILL be remembered.

770 days ago
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Scott Rodriguez    

Very Sad

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firebaby    

wow only 47? man, that's so young.... did he accidentally drown? i guess we'll find out the answer in the next coming weeks....

RIP rodney king

770 days ago
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static    

Can't we all just get along?

770 days ago
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Bridget    

Such a controversaial figure. Poor man seemed to have lead a very troubled life. He also seemed like a very nice guy on celebrity rehab. Thoughts and prayers to him and his family. RIP

770 days ago
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ABB    

Larry Parker got me 3.1 million cheeseburgers!

770 days ago
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Jay    

Sad end but expected - feel sorry for his family. Remember the "beating" only happened because Rodney was so high on drugs he wouldn't stay down. His fault all the way to the end.

770 days ago
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lynn     

How sad - especially on Father's Day.....God bless his children and family. :o(

770 days ago
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alex    

wow. that's some HARD 47 years. He seemed such a sad man

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