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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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31.

Poppycock    

Ignorant people almost make me sick, if I paid full attention to what they said. Because some of you posters joke about him a dead man. 3.8 mil. huh, half of that was gone the first 5 minutes of the civil verdict was sent down from the lawyers. Some of us can stretch that money like me but most can't. Look at that show about the lotto winners who are either broke or in debt now. So voice your opinion or your ignorance, it doesn't matter to me.

766 days ago
32.

jeff    

What is tmz's obsession with black people dying? They do a michael jackson story every week. He's been dead for three years. They still do whitney houston stories every week. Now rodney king. They're gone, let it go already.I don't see tmz doing a story on Davy Jones? He got 1 day of tributes. Never mentioned on here again. tmz's next stories, they got the money, here's the headstone, funeral, after party, tributes, and on, and on, and on....

766 days ago
33.

shannypants    

Cremations are pretty cheap and it's FREE to scatter ashes!

766 days ago
34.

suz    

really? blow or smoked thru over 3 million...living in a house with a pool...family has a rep...and you need my money...ahhhhh hell nah!!!!!!

766 days ago
35.

Jeff Becker    

Throw him down a sewer, that's where he belongs. $3.8 million tax free dollars and he blew it all?

766 days ago
36.

lazyeye    

I have seen poor people in south providence lay people to rest on their own.

766 days ago
37.

david 183    

Cremation is way cheaper. Just saying!

766 days ago
38.

Cheryl A.    

He went through over 3 million dollars in 20 years? I couldn't spend that in a life time!

766 days ago
39.

Dita Wildflower    

Go take out a loan just like every other person in America!

766 days ago
40.

truthspeaks    

let's riot if we don't get it! NO MONEY, NO PEACE

766 days ago
41.

kk md    

A decent funeral is about 8 thousand. Why do they need over 22?
Let's raise money for all junkies who blow over 3 million......give me a break.

766 days ago
42.

dman    

This has a distinctive grifter vibe to it.

766 days ago
43.

charley    

THIS IS JUST A PHKN SHAME...DUDE RECEIVED ALL THAT MONEY AND HIS FAMILY CANT BURY HIM...THREE GROWN AZZ KIDS AND NOT ONE OF THEM IS USEFUL.....POOR RODNEY, BET WHEN HE GOT THAT MONEY THESE AZZES WERE AROUND! THIS IS JUS A FAMILY TRYING TO RIP OFF PEOPLE WITH A GOOD HEART...THEN CREMATE HIM...HES DEAD...HE WONT KNOW! CREAMATION $60...0.00.......

766 days ago
44.

Krystle    

You have got to be kidding me?? Asking the public to help pay for it, come on!?!?! That makes me sick! Why dont they have a less extravegant funeral for this loser...wow

766 days ago
45.

christy    

Spend some of that money from all the wacky tabbacy he was growing.

766 days ago
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