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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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91.

Michelle    

$22k for a funeral? Seriously do they expect people to pay for their new suits too. Have him created its less expensive & what they could afford. Also do payments with the funeral home!!!! Stop begging for money.

668 days ago
92.

Brite    

Maybe the family is actually looking for this hand out so they can sue the LAPD for not chargeing the girlfriend with murder. They do stand to make another close to 4M. Could work for them!

668 days ago
93.

Marvin     

Too the king Family. F//K YOU!!!!!

668 days ago
94.

patti    

Call Dr. Drew, he made a buck or two off of Rodney's misery.

668 days ago
95.

clarkins    

Stop trying to make this guy a folk hero.. he was a bad guy.. that happen to get caught by bad cops.. BAD PEOPLE ALL THE WAY AROUND..

668 days ago
96.

Carla628    

They can do a simple service for atleast $10k. Cut all the other stuff family. WOW

668 days ago
97.

esleenda    

Let's see if the "good reverands" Jessie & Al step up to the plate and offer to pay.....NOT!

668 days ago
98.

doit    

let all the people that rioted for his justice pay his funeral, some people have the nerve!!! i just saw the VHI thing on the LA riots standing up for him......where are all of the rappers and activists NOW!!

668 days ago
99.

SSinOC    

They'll probably get it from some sympathizers.

It is kinda cheesy to not want to have to kick down for his funeral but they'll for sure have their hands out when the house etc. and whatever else is liquidated.

668 days ago
100.

FLO    

Armstron Funeral in Los Angeles will cremate him for well under a thousand bucks. The elaborate funeral is just for show and not Rodney.

668 days ago
101.

Jodi    

They have a rep but no money to lay their father to rest? They expect his funeral to be in the neighborhood of $22K but have no money? How about cremating him and holding some sort of memorial service at one of the family member's home.

668 days ago
102.

Poopey Poopstein    

Boo Hoo.. hurry up and bury him so I can empty my bowels on his grave.

668 days ago
103.

Nancy    

Unbelievable. Why does anyone have to help them with this? They don't have any money to bury their father? That's their problem. People are UNBELIEVABLE. GET A JOB.

668 days ago
104.

tony    

I'M STILL LAUGHING . YOU HAVE GO TO BE JOKING. HEY CENTRAL L.A. HAVE ANOTHER RIOT . LOOT AND PILLAGE THEN HAVE A BLOCK PARTY TAG SALE . THAT OUGHT TO DO IT . BRASS BALLS TO EVEN ASK AND SHAME ON TMZ FOR CARRYING THE STORY . THE WORLD OWES RODNEY NOTHING !!!

668 days ago
105.

Prophet    

I'll be happy to dig a hole for him at a local dump!

668 days ago
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