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Rodney King's Family

We Need HELP

with Funeral Costs

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

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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
17.

StiffyPinker    

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
18.

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
19.

StoopidHead    

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
20.

_][ 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
21.

StiffyPinker    

Let Al Sharpton put his money where his mouth is.

814 days ago
22.

Stiletto    

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

814 days ago
23.

KnuckleDragger    

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
24.

sidithers    

Family BBQ
Problem solved

814 days ago
25.

Dan    

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
26.

Amber    

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
27.

CriticXtreme    

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
28.

Bridget    

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
29.

brownisclown    

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

814 days ago
30.

KnuckleDragger    

"[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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