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Rodney King found dead in pool

47-year-old was discovered by his fiancé


 	On April 13, 2012, Rodney King poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped beating of King sparked rioting that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs. Cars were demolished and homes and businesses were burned. Before order was restored, 55 people were dead, 2,300 injured and more than 1,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Rodney King in April. He was found dead in a pool on Sunday, according to a report.

Rodney King, whose beating by police led to massive rioting in Los Angeles in 1992, was found dead at the bottom of a pool at his California home on Sunday.

King, 47, was discovered by his fiancé, Cynthia Kelly, who called police at 5:25 a.m., according to TMZ.

Rialto police pulled King’s lifeless body from the pool and attempted to revive him, CNN reported. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.


King became an icon of police brutality 20 years ago after he was brutally beaten by a group of LAPD officers after a freeway chase through the San Fernando Valley.

Amateur video of the incident caught the officers raining more than 50 baton blows on King’s crumpled, unarmed body.

Four LAPD officers were acquitted of assault on April 29, 1992, sparking a riot that killed 54 people, led to widespread looting and arson and caused more than $1 billion in damage.


This 1992 photo shows a shopping center engulfed in flames during the riots in Los Angeles.

King eventually won $3.8 million from the city, but spent it all on houses, a construction business and a record label, he told the Daily News in April.

His life since the beating was checkered by run-ins with the law, and he publically battled alcohol addiction on the reality shows “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Sober House.”

In 2010, he became engaged to Cynthia Kelley, who sat on the jury of his civil case against the city.

King made headlines again this spring as a commentator on the Trayvon Martin case and released a book in April, “The Riot Within: My Journey From Redemption To Rebellion.”

Rodney King found dead in pool


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