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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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john wayne gacy    

the LAPD reserved cinco de mayo fund for PINATAS should be enough to cover these type of expenses ....

814 days ago


Funerals do not cost $22K, more like $5K. If I thought tor one minute that the money would be used responsibly, I would donate, but as it is...forget it.

814 days ago

Tom Cruise    

What a joke. Squandered 3.8 million and they have the nerve to ask the public for help. Screw them.

814 days ago


So King didn't have the horse sense to have life insurance, and now the family wants us to pay for this guys funeral?

Yeah, good luck with that.

814 days ago

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

That's some funny isht. Get a freakin loan like everyone else that couldn't pay for their relatives funeral costs. Better yet, get a cremation. That would drop it down to like somewhere in the area of $5g's.

814 days ago


Let Al Sharpton put his money where his mouth is.

814 days ago


Can't they just cremate him by slowly roasting him over his crack pipe?

814 days ago


What part of "plan ahead" did you miss when you got all that money. You want money to bury Rodney from the public?! Please...

814 days ago


Family BBQ
Problem solved

814 days ago


He had 3.7 million and squandered it away and now they are begging for people to pay for his funeral? WOW!!

Can't we all just give a dime!!!

814 days ago


Where are the GREAT Rev Al and Jesse?????? Shouldn't they be standing up and funding this family with something other than running their flippin mouths?????

814 days ago


It's a shame that after all that ish with the LAPD, burning blocks down, corrupt cops, he had no money left. Being a Professional Blunt smoker is nothing to be publicly proud of. All it does is keep the stereotype alive.

814 days ago


I'm a rap fan. But I gotta say you rappers talk quite a bit about this man. Pony up for his funeral. You made money on what happened to him. Help his family out.

814 days ago


How about selling some of those weed plants they found in this poor victim's house?

814 days ago


"[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."

Yeah, good luck with that.

814 days ago
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