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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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61.

Linda3223    

His fiancee didn't have nothing 2 do with death, what would she have 2 gain, he had no money, probably if the family hadn't bared her from the funeral she might contributed

848 days ago
62.

Shelby    

Maybe they should get it from their rep. Sounds hard, but if you can employ a rep.....or get rid of the rep to pay for the funeral.

848 days ago
63.

Tommy    

HA HA HA HA HA...... Someone tell this money sucking low life family of ghetto trash we "just don't give a flying fcuk" about your looser brother. Put him in a pine box and throw it in a hole..... Maybe Jesse Jackson will give you the money but don't you dare ask honest Americans.... That is just totally ghetto...... HA HA HA HA......

848 days ago
64.

shelly    

Cremation is only $1500. Get over yourselves.

848 days ago
65.

delerious    

I just buried my father on Tuesday, it cost 4800.00 for the funeral and the cemetery plots were going for 3500.00 What is the 22K for? Greedy pigs!

848 days ago
66.

fanboymagazine    

Rodney King was a lucky, lucky FOOL. And guilty as sin.

848 days ago
67.

bjay    

Why in the world would strangers pick up the tab to bury your family member? You have a relative that doesn't have life insurance, then you ask family & personal friends to help bury your own.

848 days ago
68.

Flying Blind    

They see a lady on a bus get over $500,000 in donations and they want to cash in.

848 days ago
69.

R Smith    

Ask Al Sharpton for it!

848 days ago
70.

justan opinion    

Good Luck with that.

848 days ago
71.

Barbie    

Simple cremation is just over 1,000.00 why on earth would they need 22k? Wasteful and greedy if you ask me.

848 days ago
72.

StiffyPinker    

Just leave the body in the morgue. The city will eventually dispose it for free.

848 days ago
73.

John Weiss    

22K for a funeral!! I can buy a cremation for $375.

848 days ago
74.

peoplearesilly    

I find this fairly recent practice of soliciting for this stuff quite ridiculous. More and more are doing it and I just don't get it. If you can't afford it, don't expect others to pay for it for you. Sickening what society has turned into.

848 days ago
75.

PT    

Boo hoo

848 days ago
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