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Rodney King Death Report

PCP, Coke, Weed, Booze

8/23/2012 9:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

10:17 AM PT --
In the report, the coroner says King was "in a state of drug and alcohol induced delirium" at the time of his death ... and either fell or jumped into the swimming pool.

The report continues, "The effects of the drugs and alcohol, combined with [King's preexisting heart condition] probably precipitated a cardiac arrhythmia and [King], thus incapacitated, was unable to save himself and drowned."

According to the report, King was naked and face down at the deep end of the pool when officials arrived on scene.

Cops also found a pitchfork, a hoe and a vaccuum pool sweeper in the pool ... which King's GF used to try and fish Rodney out of the water. The GF told cops she didn't go in after Rodney because she is not a good swimmer and was afraid to enter the water.

Rodney King
 was under the influence of SEVERAL substances at the time of his death -- including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and PCP -- this according to Rodney's death report.

According to the report, the cause of death is listed as accidental drowning -- but the drugs were contributing factors.

The PCP is interesting because there was a theory around the time of the 1991 beating that Rodney displayed super-human strength because he was on PCP at the time. However, blood tests for the drug turned up negative.

TMZ broke the story ... King's fiancee discovered his body at the bottom of the pool at the couple's home in Rialto, CA on June 17.

King became famous in 1991 when he was the victim of police brutality at the hands of the LAPD. The officers involved in the incident were acquitted the following year and the announcement of the verdict led to the Los Angeles riots.



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"Cant we all just get high along?"

760 days ago


Like who is really surprised. He was a doper and everyone knew it. At least he lived several years on the ill gotten law suit!!!!

760 days ago


Why can't we all just stop using?

760 days ago

mike sanders    

BIG surprise. Good riddance. I bet he made a funny looking rock fish though.

760 days ago


People are still doing PCP!?! I thought that died out in the eighties?

760 days ago

David in Bangkok    

A fitting end for a career criminal and all around piece of crap! There is a God!

760 days ago


Who cares? As if anyone is surprised. That guy was such low life trash.

760 days ago

Mr. Grimm    

LAPD your badge has no credibility. Maybe if the man wasn't so shook up for what they did to him he would have been able to clean himself up and get his life together. Everyone go build yourself a log cabin out in the woods so this doesn't happen to you. It's a police state.

760 days ago


No surprise,

760 days ago


good riddens to the filth!

759 days ago



We are really waisting our time on this. I this a surprise???

759 days ago


I'm so sorry for Rodney who, underneath all the abuses he both endured and dished out, seemed like a nice guy. :o( Sad, sad story all the way around.

759 days ago


now THAT'S a party

759 days ago

Why Tea Rules    

He died of Totally Natural Behavior.

759 days ago


Maybe Damin "football" Williams can help with the cost. Better yet, ask BHO to auction off his birth certificate! I'm sre you could get top dollar for the real one huh? I'd mention Reginald Denny but he has too many headaches after being pummled with concrete blocks to the head by the aformentioned Damian "football" Williams.

759 days ago
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