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Rodney King's Family

We Need HELP

with Funeral Costs

6/25/2012 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rodney King was not a wealthy man when he died ... and now his family is asking the public for donations so they can pay for a proper burial for the infamous LAPD beating victim.

Despite the fact King scored a $3.8 million settlement from the City of L.A. after the 1992 incident, King's family tells TMZ ... there is basically no money left over to pay for his funeral costs, which are expected to run north of $22k. 

The family has now issued a statement, through their rep, Kali Bowyer, asking people to contribute to a memorial fund established "for those who wish to contribute to the King family."

King's 3 adult daughters, along with other family members, are desperately trying to come up with the cash ... but Bowyer tells us, "They need the money."

King is scheduled to be laid to rest on June 30.

As far as the mystery surrounding Rodney's death, the family says, "[We are] looking forward to a swift investigation into the death of our father, as well as we put our faith in the authorities responsible for handling the matter."



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I am a mortician and I would love to know what they are doing that costs $22K??? Maybe they need to look at less expensive options, or maybe I need to work at a funeral home in L.A.

817 days ago


WOW! I would think they would be embarrassed to ask for money for a man that WAS a millionaire. Handle your buisness family and stop begging for cash!

817 days ago


Sorry, why do we have to help EVERYBODY that asks for it? He wasn't that big of a celebrity like MJ, FARRAH. Can't help if he chose to live the high life and squandered is money. Maybe they can get help like the bus monitor did that way???

817 days ago


Have any of these people ever made contact with any kind of reality?? Why not have a private service instead of a circus you want to pay over $22K for? He screwed up his entire life, got paid for it, then pissed that away too. Grow up and pay your own bills like everybody else has to, useless people!!

817 days ago


Too bad the family didn't have the hindsight, back in the day, when Rodney started blowing that money left and right to get a conservatorship. At least with someone managing his money he would have SOMETHING left.
I also don't think for one second that the financee hasn't been squirreling his money away without his knowledge. All she needed was a pin number for the ATM card and when he was in one of his drunken, drug addled stupors she could've withdrawn money then told him he did it when he was out of it. As for a will, unless again, the financee talked him into that, she'll end up with the house, the car and anything in contents in the house.

817 days ago


Mmmm, yeah, no thanks.

817 days ago


I read that they're burying him at Forest Hill Cemetery. Isn't that a place where celebrities are often buried? Why don't all the looters and rioters come together, once again, and donate to the family? They sure came together in '92 and caused a scene then... why not now?

817 days ago


They should cremate him, mix his ashes with some weed and sell it at the dispensary as "Rodney's Blend"...

817 days ago


He didn't deserve the $3.8 million and doesn't deserve $22K now.

817 days ago


How do you blow through 3.8 million dollars? It's sad when people who never had money get some, it never turns out well.

817 days ago


North of 22K? Living in a house with a pool? Made over 3 million in settlement? How dare they ask for donations. Call Rev Al.

817 days ago


Are they kidding??! How about you sell the house and use the money to pay for the funeral. Or better yet....chalk it up to stupidity on not saving $3.8 million wisely and bury him in a Potter's Field. Why can't we all just get along...and be buried together in a simple funeral that does not need to cost $22000!

817 days ago


Put him in a garbage bag and leave on the curb for pick-up.

817 days ago


Thats right! Show your colors!!!

817 days ago


Disgusting. That's what's wrong with people. He could have done something good with his money, shown that people can make something of themselves instead of being a low life. Then they wonder why they are treated like a second class citizen!

817 days ago
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