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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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46.

russ     

Roll him up in a blunt and toke away ...

758 days ago
47.

Paul Z    

A memorial fund for a drunk? U must be joking.

758 days ago
48.

Sinmonstix    

Funny how all the bleeding hearts of America will drum up probably a million for poor "Karen Klein the bus monitor that had her feelings hurt by some kids" just for the heck of it -- but won't give a penny to bury a guy who had the sh** beat out of him by cops and lived a troubled life.

758 days ago
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50.

cass    

Cremation.

758 days ago
51.

Junorocks    

$22k is way too much for a funeral. They need to scale it back.

758 days ago
52.

messygirl    

Ridiculous. Other than the cost of the embalming and burial, there's no other necessary expenses. One doesn't HAVE to have a funeral. If you can afford a lavish funeral then don't have one. Bury him and be done with it.

758 days ago
53.

John Heese    

22K ?????? the average funeral in the US is 6K (according to that insurance commercial Alex Trebek hocks) I think they need to reexamine the arrangements.

758 days ago
54.

tgrfan42069    

let good ole al and jessie handle it.they made millions off of this

758 days ago
55.

Big Gay Al    

Why don't t hey just put it on layaway?

758 days ago
56.

charley    

THEY WANT THIS EXTRAVAGENT FUNERAL....AND IN TWO WEEKS TIME THEY WILL GO ON WITH LIFE AND NEVER ENTER THAT CEMETARY AGAIN....THOUGHT FAMILY WAS SUPPOSE TO BURY THEIR OWN! USELESS BUNCH OF GHETTO WHORES TRYING TO CASH IN!

758 days ago
57.

ShrinkWrap    

Nice. He blew through his money and expects to get the "Dumbass Bail Out?"

758 days ago
58.

nof    

Just file a complaint against John Travolta.

758 days ago
59.

Wmondelli    

Sell the house with the pool. No sympathy for a once millionaire.

758 days ago
60.

Mary    

Wow, that's a lot of money For a funeral, go cheap if there's no money, duhhh!.
Sell his house if there going to spend that much money for the burial,.. Not trying to be mean, but it's imbarrassing to ask for money.

758 days ago
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